German Veridos tasked with passport security, automated border control

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 20,2018 | Updated: 02:04, Jul 20,2018

 
 

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan in Dhaka on Thursday attends a contact signing ceremony between Bangladesh and German governments to implement e-passport system. — New Age photo

Bangladesh government on Thursday signed a deal with Veridos GmbH tasking the German company to provide e-passports to Bangladeshis and maintenance services to all passport offices in home and abroad and all immigration points in Bangladesh for 10 years without any bidding. 
The German company would provide all maintenance services to all software, hardware and network installed under the project for the implementation of e-passport and automated border control management system.
Veridos GmbH would install equipment, software, hardware and network at the 72 passport offices in Bangladesh, 80 offices in Bangladeshi missions abroad, 72 special branch offices and 22 immigration points.
Department of Immigration and Passports director general Major General Md Masud Rezwan and Veridos’s chief executive officer Hans Wolfgang Kunz signed the deal in the presence of the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and German state minister for foreign affairs Niels Annen.
The department said in a release that the project would cost Tk 4,569 crore under the government to government deal. Of the amount, the German company would get Tk 3,338 crore while Tk 1,024 crore would be charged for customs duty, value added tax and advance income tax and Tk 207 crore would be spent for the project.
The German company would supply three crore e-passport booklets featured with poly carbonated protective layer and build assembling factory in Dhaka.
Bangladesh would be the 119th country using e-passports.
‘With the e-passport, the country advances one step ahead,’ home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the audience.
German state minister Niels Annen said Bangladesh chose the right company.
Home ministry’s security services division secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury said Bangladesh passport ranked 89 in the world passport ranking and hoped with the introduction of e-passport, the status would be improved.
Veridos’s Hans Wolfgang Kunz said that Bangladesh would be third country in the world using e-passport featured with poly carbonated protective layer. 

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