Globalisation & technology have made the world “smaller“ and more inter-connected. Coupled with a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) operating landscape shaped by terrorism, border security poses a great challenge. Now with COVID, it is even more daunting. However, we are not alone in having to face these challenges. In this regard, the International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) has served as an important platform that allows like-minded partners and thought-leaders to gather and learn from each other, cross-fertilise ideas and share best practices in order to emerge stronger TOGETHER.

IBMATA events are well-organised and offer rich insights for those involved in border security and identification. This is especially important for me in my previous role as the Commissioner of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore. I have continued to be involved in and engaged with the IBMATA community.