Agreement signed for production of biometric identity documents in Belarus

X Infotech and Emperor Technology won the tender to supply the Republic of Belarus with the hardware and software needed for a system for the collection, processing and storing of biometric and identity data, personalization and issuance of the country’s ePassport and eID card. The system coordinator for the implementation and operations of the biometric documents is the Ministry of the Interior.

While the issuance of biometric documents is expected to start in 2019 there will be no mandatory mass-replacement of passports for citizens of the Republic of Belarus. Previously issued passports will remain valid until the expiry date, including for traveling outside the country.

“After the implementation of this set of measures in the country, it is planned to introduce an ID card as an internal identity document, as well as a biometric passport as a document for traveling abroad,” explained Pavel Khrischenovich, Acting Deputy of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“It’s also planned to create a single system for identification of the individuals that is based on the maximum possible coverage of all segments of the population,” added Khrischenovich. “This system will also allow us to unite various institutional information systems and provide consumers with an opportunity to receive electronic and administrative services, information and payment services under one set of rules.”

A Technavio report from last year found that the ePassport market will grow 26% CAGR through 2021.

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