FRCS launches Coast Watch Program
January 26, 2018 5:19 am
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service has partnered with Navetau Village in the Cakaudrove Province for the launch of the Coast Watch Program.
The program is a new partnership initiative by FRCS in conjunction with maritime communities to increase awareness and reach on boarder security in maritime coastal communities.
Chief Executive Officer, Visvanath Das said surveillance in coastal communities and seas are an ongoing challenge for Customs, however, with the new Coast Watch program, they aim to partner with coastal villages like Navetau who will assist Revenue and Customs to monitor and report illegal or suspicious activities along sea and shorelines.
The coast watch program was launched today as part of the activities organised by FRCS to commemorate International Customs Day which is celebrated internationally on 26th January.
Navetau is the first village out of the 14 villages in the Saqani District that will work with Customs and help Border control agencies to protect Fiji’s borders.
Das adds that the people of Navetau, through the coast watch program will contribute towards Fiji’s economic development.