As countries around the world, including Latin America, are seeking to enhance their border security and trade facilitation efforts while facing budget constraints, ‘Coordinated Border Management’ (CBM) with neighboring nations is becoming an increasingly attractive solution. Costa Rica and Panama recently reached an agreement on the creation of a bilateral task force to perform joint surveillance, information exchanges, and other resource-sharing activities.
To achieve optimal border security and facilitation however, CBM must occur on a national level between agencies with border authorities. Beyond bilateral CBM, multilateral or regional coordination can further stretch participating nations’ resources while bettering their border management. As is the case here, Honduras is scheduled to participate in trilateral discussions later this year.