Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated the much-awaited electronic passport (e-passport) along with the automated border control management programme, calling it (e-passport) a gift for the nation in the “Mujib Year”.
“We’re handing over the e-passport to the people of the country in ‘Mujib Year’, the special year, coinciding the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she told the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here in the capital this morning.
The prime ministrer added: “I do believe that e-passport and automated border control management will undoubtedly brighten Bangladesh’s image in the digital world.”
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chaired the function, while German Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Fahrenholtz was present at the function as the special guest.
Director General of Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) Major General Shakil Ahmed delivered the welcome address, while Project Director of the e-passport Project Brigadier General Saidur Rahman Khan gave an overview about different aspects of the project.
Later, the home minister formally handed over the prime minister’s e-passport to her.
Renowned German company Veridos GmbH has been implementing the e-passport and automated border control management project.
The validity of e-passport will be five and ten years.
Mentionable, the DIP and Germany Veridos signed an agreement on July 19 in 2018 for electronic passports alongside machine-readable ones.