The Bolivian government confirmed yesterday that it would use Cuban technology to control its border crossings.
The Andean state signed an agreement with Cuban company Development and Application of Technology and Systems (Datys) to put in place biometric technology that will help identify and track everyone who crosses its borders.
In an event organised at the Government Palace President Evo Morales said the system would be used to register biometric information for everyone entering or exiting the country that would be checked against a list of criminal suspects.
“The problems we have encountered along our borders mean that we have to think more about the security of our country and our State, through migration, exits and entries. Technicians have told me that from now on people who enter the country will be registered and their movements inside Bolivia will be controlled,” said Morales.
“At this point it is not so hard to equip ourselves with technology, what is difficult is to change the mentality of those who operate it, that is what I am afraid of, unfortunately there are delinquents, narco-traffickers who sometimes take advantage of our borders,” he added. Bolivia is one of the three largest producers of cocaine in the world
Morales also pointed out that a similar technology had already been implemented for electoral procedures in 2009.
Cuban ambassador to Bolivia Rolando Gómez said it was “an honour” for Cuba to help Bolivia protect its borders and lauded Morales’ fight to maintain security in his country.
A similar biometric security system exists in several other Latin American countries including Argentina, where it is called Sibios. Read more about Sibios here.