Enhancing Border Security Despite the sterling efforts of local law enforcement

Enhancing border security despite the sterling

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Enhancing Border Security Despite the sterling efforts of local law enforcement agencies, gun violence and human and narcotics trafficking continue to rise as our porous borders continue to provide avenues for transnational crime. The situation is further exacerbated by the separation of functions, as various entities such as Customs, Immigration, and Plant and Animal Quar- antine are responsible for national security and the facilitation of international travel and trade. Effective border management is central to maintaining inter- nal security. To address the issue of border security and to improve agency coordination, a Joint Bor- der Protection Agency (JBPA) will be established. The JBPA will consolidate the roles and respon- sibilities of the various entities such as the Coast Guard and Customs and Excise Division and will develop seamless security procedures in line with the country’s immigration, health, and international trade laws and regulations. 73-74 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Making the Necessary Adjustments
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Enhancing water resource management Our water resources are the life- blood of our communities , support- ing our economy and way of life. While polluted water exposes us to illnesses and disease, good quality water allows us to swim, fish, recreate safely and maintain our health. In this way, water is crucial to all aspects of human activity . As such, the availability of high-quality water depends on the ability of the State to manage its water resources to benefit all segments of the society. This entails the implementation of sound watershed management practices, effective water treatment processes and continued investments in research and development to ensure that land use and water management practices protect, improve and optimise the allocation and quality of our natural resources. The effective management of our water resources requires the adoption and implementa- tion of an Integrated Water Resource Management System. Key to this is the separation of the Water Resource Agency (WRA), which has regulatory functions from under the control and direction of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) which is responsible for service delivery and distribution. The WRA will therefore independently regulate and manage the country’s water resources. It will develop and maintain an effective water resources/ monitoring network, reliable data collection and water resources assessment to ensure that the country’s water resources are efficiently utilised. Creating environmentally responsible institutions Climate change is one of the big- gest challenges of our generation and those to follow. Carbon pol- lution and other greenhouse-gas emissions threaten our way of life which depends on clean air, land and water, as well as our identity and well- being which are enhanced by our sur- roundings, both natural and cultural.
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