Digital Version of November/December 2014 Print Edition
Haiti hires U.S. consulting firm to provide airport security training
A team of aviation security experts provided by the international security advisory firm, Command Consulting Group, is offering training support to Haiti’s National Airport Authority at Port-au-Prince International Airport under a grant funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
The team is supporting Haitian airport security personnel in identifying and accomplishing airport security objectives with training, technology upgrades and capacity-building support.
CCG has assembled a highly qualified team of transportation security experts who are looking forward to supporting the efforts of PAPIA airport management as they continue to build their own airport security programs and capacity. CCG said it is proud to engage with local committed Haitian airport security personnel and to have this opportunity to play a role both in Haiti’s ongoing recovery efforts and the ever-evolving international aviation security environment, according to a press release CCG issued on Feb. 15.
“Our team is honored to have been afforded this opportunity to support PAPIA and play a small but crucial role in the ongoing rebuilding efforts underway in Haiti,” said Ralph Basham, former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and a senior partner at Command Consulting Group.
“The hardships that the people of Haiti have suffered since the earthquake have been frankly unimaginable, and CCG is humbled to play a part in the capacity building and airport security modernization efforts underway there. Experts around the world universally recognize that airport security will be a critical component of Haiti’s renewal, and we believe our customized and unique training program will help Haitian officials with improving their airport security operations in Port-au- Prince.”
Under this USTDA grant, CCG will be able to provide technical assistance that will include training programs in Haiti and the U.S. to further develop PAPIA’s airport security system.
For this project, CCG has teamed with DevTech, an international consulting firm with expertise in social and economic development, governance, education, environmental and natural resource management.