The first coordination meeting for the CICA Specialized Meeting on The Document Examination Support Center: Link Between Irregular Travel Statistics and Interception at Borders was held online on 10 February 2023.
The Specialized Meeting is included in the CICA Plan of Implementation of Confidence Building Measures and Provisional Calendar of CICA Governing, Working and Advisory Bodies for 2023 and is scheduled for the second half of the year in Kazakhstan. The event will be organized both by the CICA Secretariat and the International Organization for Migration.
The coordination meeting held by the International Organization for Migration brought together representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Bureau of the Kingdom of Thailand, the offices of the International Organization for Migration in Kazakhstan and Thailand, and the CICA Secretariat. The participants of the coordination meeting discussed the event modalities and agreed to hold the second coordination meeting tentatively this March. By this time, it is planned to outline a draft agenda for the CICA Specialized Meeting on the Document Examination Support Center and develop proposals on the dates and venue of this event.
The initiative of the Document Examination Support Center, developed by the International Organization for Migration, today unites more than 20 states of South, Southeast and East Asia. Six participating states of the Center (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand) are members of CICA and are ready to share their experience in examining travel documents and identifying fake passports and visas. This area of activity corresponds to the objectives of the CICA Plan of Action on the Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, adopted at the Sixth CICA Summit on 13 October 2022.
The International Organization for Migration has observer status in CICA. The Memorandum of Understanding between the CICA Secretariat and the Administration of the International Organization for Migration was signed on 25 August 2008.