Bangladesh to start issuing ePassports in Jan: Report

08/01/20

Distribution of the Bangladeshi ePassport (electronic passport) is set to start from January 22 as the authorities have completed preparation and formalities in this regard, reports local media.


"We are working to launch delivery of e-passport on January 22," Director General (DG) of Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) Major General Shakil Ahmed told BSS.

He expected that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally launch the e-passport distribution as the chief guest to be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here at 10am on January 22.

The DG said initially the DIP will distribute e-passport from Agargaon, Jatrabari and Uttara passport offices and later delivery of the e-passport will be started in phases.
A renowned German company Veridos GmbH has been working on e-passport and e-gate in the country, he said, adding that efforts are underway to make immigration process flawless with introduction of the e-passport.

According to the project details, the project "Introduction of Bangladesh e-Passport and Automatic Border Control Management" is being implemented at a cost of Taka 4,569 crore ($600,000).

The DIP is implementing the project from July, 2018 to June, 2028, with full government funding. A total of 30 million passports will be delivered in 10 years.

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