12th Symposium and Exhibition on ICAO TRIP

ICAO TRIP Symposium on machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs) and traveller identification management will take place from 15 to 17 November 2016 in the ICAO Montréal Headquarters.


The Symposium will address the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP Strategy), MRTD standards and best practices, document security, identification management and related border security issues.


The ICAO TRIP Symposium will assist Member States in implementing ICAO MRTD specifications and related ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The Symposium will specifically address the needs of States to further enhance the integrity of the passport issuance process and ensure robust identification management in order to maximize border security and facilitation benefits.

Aviation professionals who should attend include:
  • Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well as embassy Consular staff
  • International Organizations, Donor Agencies, Private Companies offering technologies and products for effective international identity and border management
  • Airlines and airport authorities, security and facilitation consultants, academia and think tanks

In particular, the Symposium will focus on the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP) Strategy which was approved by the Council and endorsed by the ICAO Assembly in October 2013. The Strategy, responding to the global driving forces and needs of Member States, provides a framework for achieving the maximum benefits of travel documents in the future. It brings together the elements of identification management and builds on ICAO leadership in matters related to Machine Readable Travel Documents.


The key point of the ICAO TRIP Strategy is a recognized need for a holistic and integrated approach to traveller identification management. The approach that links the five elements of traveller identification and border controls into a coherent framework: evidence of identification, document issuance and control, MRTDs, inspection systems and tools, and interoperable applications.


ICAO recognizes the benefits of traveller identification management to aviation security and facilitation. ICAO’s mission is to contribute to the capacity of Member States to uniquely identify individuals by providing tools and knowledge to establish and confirm the identity of travellers.


An industry exhibition will complement the Symposium with a broad range of products and services related to MRTDs, biometric identification, travel document security applications and border inspection systems. Symposium participants will have an opportunity to interact with ICAO industry partners and experts to discuss the latest available traveller identification technologies.


As usual, Symposium speakers and facilitators include top experts in the field, policy makers and senior managers, practitioners and researchers, many from the relevant working groups of ICAO, ISO and other international organizations.