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Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
June 30, 2005

Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative

President Bush and his G-8 counterparts significantly advanced counterterrorism cooperation in 2005 through implementation of the Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI), an ambitious two-year counterterrorism agenda adopted under U.S. leadership at the 2004 Sea Island Summit.

SAFTI established principles that are the basis for 28 specific projects designed to enhance the security and efficiency of travel. SAFTI implementation is increasing and facilitating the exchange of security related travel information; improving screening methods for travelers and cargo; enhancing travel document security and ease of use; and expanding travel security cooperation in areas such as protection from hijackers and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS.)

Under the United Kingdom’s G-8 Presidency, U.S. and partner G-8 experts have worked aggressively to complete 18 of 28 SAFTI projects to date, with 5 more to be finished by the end of the 2005. The remaining projects primarily address longer-term efforts to keep MANPADS out of the hands of terrorists.

The G-8 has already exported the results of several completed SAFTI projects to international standard setting bodies, including standards and practices for improving travel document security, strengthening port and maritime security, and reducing the vulnerability of airports to the threat of MANPADS.



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