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Private security firms 'are important'

The Fiji Times Online:

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


The private security industry can play an important role in reducing crime, enhancing community safety and contributing to sustainable economic growth, says Andie Fong Toy, acting secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

"But as the demands for the privatisation of security increases, the absence of a comprehensive regional regulatory framework to manage this industry may have the potential to weaken regional security governance," said Ms Fong Toy.

The PIFS believes that the private security companies are a growth industry and a significant source of employment in the Pacific, and yet the industry was largely unregulated and unmapped across the region.

In its bid to address the issue, a one-day workshop was held at the Forum Secretariat yesterday, jointly hosted by the PIFS and the United Nations Development Programme and in co-operation with Massey University and the Australian National University.

In a media statement, the PIFS said the workshop focused on identifying key stakeholders, the issues, and possible policy or legislative solutions.

"This workshop will provide a beneficial platform to work together as a region and identify the way forward for a strengthened private security governance," said Mrs Fong Toy.

Senior peace and development adviser in UNDP, Sonja Bachmann said: "We are pleased to partner with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Massey University and ANU on this timely workshop to identify common issues, good practices and challenges to enhance private security governance in the region and within the context of advancing sustainable development goal 16."

The workshop brought together governments, private security companies, academics, practitioners, policymakers, and civil society organisations to map out ways of working with the private security industry.

Read story: The Fiji Times Online


 

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