Germany hails Bangladesh’s e-passport launch

Diplomatic Correspondent

21 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Germany on Monday welcomed the launch of e-passport and congratulated Bangladesh on its achievements in initiating latest generation travel documents for the citizens of the country.

Ahead of formal start of e-passport on January 22, the German Embassy in Dhaka on Monday said the introduction of the e-passport and the Automated Border Control Management is a ‘milestone’ in the cooperation between Bangladesh and Germany, being equally important with regard to business as well as security.

For Bangladesh, it said the project signalizes an important step in the transition to the latest generation of electronic travel documents, meeting the highest security requirements in the world.

Bangladesh and Germany on July 19, 2018 signed a government-to-government agreement on e-passport following the government’s decision to issue electronic passports alongside the machine readable passports (MRP) for the citizens of the country.

The project represents a successful partnership between the Department of Immigration and Passports, Security Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs and the German company Veridos GmbH, the press release said.

“It places Bangladesh into the top of the elite group of countries with the most remarkable and temper-proof e-passport systems. It offers Bangladesh’s citizens convenience and security for international travels. At the same time, it contributes to national security.” This achievement can be seen as part of the Prime Minister’s Vision for modernizing the country, said the German Embassy release.

Germany has proven that it stands ready to support Bangladesh in this vision. German enterprises are willing to further engage in additional business and cooperation activities in Bangladesh providing the most advanced technology and highest quality.