Ambassador James Knight helped mark the inauguration of a U.S.-provided security system at the border crossing facility at Ngueli. PISCES, a Department of State program providing airport and border security systems, is already fully functional at N’Djamena Hassan Djamous Airport and several other border crossings in Chad. The system registers fingerprints, photos, and travel documents and is used to monitor travelers in and out of participating nations in an effort to stem illegal and criminal travel.
In addition to Chad, participating countries in Africa include Tanzania, Kenya, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia. The system is being installed in Cameroon and Mali.
The transfer of the U.S. system to the Government of Chad marks another joint U.S.-Chadian effort to safeguard Chad’s borders. Through the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena, the United States government has trained police and gendarmerie, demining personnel, peace keepers, as well as logistical and medical personnel. In addition, the U.S. government donated equipment valued at more than USD1 million (CFA 480,000,000) to support border control management and the safeguarding of refugee camps.
On March 25 at Camp Loumia, Ambassador Knight attended a graduation ceremony for more than 1,000 Chadian peace keepers for deployment to Mali with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA). The Chadian soldiers trained for several weeks under the mentorship of the U.S. Army’s 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment and received equipment for its peace-keeping operations in Mali, including trucks, water trailers, generators, and tents.