Haitian government one step closer to transition to biometric passport

Haitian Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities Réginald Delva recently held a meeting with officials of the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration and Giesecke & Devrient, the German company contracted to accompany the DIE, to discuss the upcoming transition from regular passports to biometric ePassports, according to a report by Haiti Libre.

The meeting — the first of a series of several — follows the recent vote in the lower house of the law on “Electronic Signature”, which brought the production of electronic passports in Haiti in 2015 one step closer.

With this latest legislative step taken, the DIE will be able to adhere to requirements of the Office of International Civil Aviation Organization, once the act is officially passed by the Senate.

In 2015, DIE will issue the new Haitian electronic passport which will contain an embedded chip that stores the biometric data of Haitian citizens.

The move to implementing the internationally accepted passport will help to reinforce security measures at the border and prevent identity fraud.

Réginald Delva said he hopes for a fast Senate vote on “Electronic Signature” to ensure that Haiti is able to meet the 2015 ICAO deadline to transition from the readable passport to the new electronic passport.

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