Implementing Advance Passenger Information Systems in Central Asia

Implementing Advance Passenger Information Systems in Central Asia

Asia
IB.0138
TM10P0501
300,000
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Immigration and Borders
Regional
Active

In 2017, the Advance Passenger Information (API) system became a mandatory standard for all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Member States. To comply with this new standard, countries in Central Asia are currently exploring trusted partnerships, independent guidance and professional technical advice for implementing API systems at the national level. The objective of the project is to contribute to national authorities in Central Asia effectively implementing API systems in line with the established international standards. The project will: a) raise awareness of national policymakers and working-level specialists on API; b) help assess the status of current national capacities and progress towards API implementation in all participating countries; and c) enhance national institutional and legislative frameworks for API implementation. A series of core activities will focus on different aspects of API introduction as well as on the skills required to implement API. Overall, the activities will focus on 3 areas: legislation, advocacy and technical capacity of national authorities for API introduction in Central Asia. Particular attention will be given to establishing national institutional structures that will spearhead API implementation and the development of each country’s national roadmap for implementation. While API implementation is essentially a national process, in sub-regions such as Central Asia, a regional approach is desirable and essential to ensure that countries are aware of each other’s progress and able to learn from each other’s experience. This is particularly important at a time of renewed momentum in bilateral and regional cooperation, and the new EU Strategy and Central Asia: Opportunities for a Stronger Partnership strategy, launched in May 2019.