Sharjah, March 6, 2021- The Organizational Committee of Ports and Border Points in the Emirate of Sharjah recently held a meeting with the Federal Authority For Identity And Citizenship (ICA) to discuss the smart land ports project, which the ICA intends to implement to facilitate and speed up procedures for arrival and departure across the border, using smart and digital systems to verify the identity of travellers and authenticity of documents.
Held at KhatmatMilaha Border in Kalba, the meeting was attended by HE Mohammed Ibrahim Al Raisi, Director of Ports and Border Points Affairs, Chairman of the Committee, Lieutenant Colonel Hamad Saif Al Mazrouei, Director of the Passports Control Center, KhatmatMilaha Border, Lieutenant Colonel Walid Al-Nehm, Head of the Outside Outlets Police Department, and a number of officers and officials.
Major Khaled Salmeen Al Ameri, Head of the Smart Ports Department, ICA, gave a presentation on the mechanism of implementing the smart land ports system at KhatmatMilaha Border and ways to leverage smart and digital technologies in facilitating the movement of passengers across the borders.
Enhancing the efficiency of borders
Welcoming the attendees, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Raisi said that the meeting comes as part of the Committee’s efforts to improve the efficiency of borders and points of entry in Sharjah, optimize operations and facilitate procedures, and upgrade services provided to travellers, in line with the Sharjah government’s strategy aimed at improving the workflow and using digital and smart services in all ports to facilitate trade and traveller’s movement, pointing to the significance of the anticipated project in reducing the time required to complete arrival and departure procedures.
Al Raisi underlined the Committee’s keenness to embark on the implementation of the project in cooperation with the strategic partners, noting that the project constitutes a qualitative addition to the services of the port, which is considered one of the best land borders across the country, thanks to its state-of-the-art equipment, programs, and systems.
Commending the ICA’s tremendous efforts in the project implementation, Al Raisi stated that further meetings would be arranged to strengthen partnership and cooperation mechanisms.