On 17-18 July 2018, under the EU-funded SBMMG Project, IOM organized an inter-agency working group meeting in Kachreti to support Georgia with Advanced Passenger Information / Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) project development. The discussion between the main government stakeholders was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Priestley, independent expert from the UK and Mr. Jason Clarke, IOM’s Senior Integrated Border Management Expert and IBM Project manager in Georgia.
The main aim of the API/PNR systems is to ensure more efficient risk management through the largely automated processing and analysis of passenger data provided by airlines.
During the two-day workshop the representatives of the State Security Agency of Georgia and its Operational Technical Agency, the Revenues Service and relevant departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia discussed the challenges currently faced by the Government of Georgia in the implementation of the efficient APR/PNR systems and agreed on an outline plan and next steps towards implementation. These included a further review of the relevant legislation and agreements necessary to facilitate efficient cooperation with airlines with routes to Georgia.
The workshop was planned as a follow-up to an initial meeting held by OSCE in Georgia in April and an EU-funded working meeting in Paris, were the Georgian Government
Agencies were introduced to the API/PNR systems and the associated operational activities.
The Government of Georgia and the IOM expressed readiness to continue cooperation in this field, to ensure that the most suitable API/PNR systems are installed that are compliant with EU and other international standards to further support effective border management.