Category Archives: Projects

Afghanistan – MPs continue to differ over much-awaited census law

By | January 3, 2018

KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday continued to differ over the decision of a joint parliamentary commission on the population census law. Some lower house members called the decision as ‘legal’ while others demanded further debate on the amendment of Article six of the controversial law. The process of issuing the much-awaited computerized National Identity Cards (e-NICs) was expected to… Read More »

Ghana Government Launches Instant Electronic ID Issuance with Entrust Datacard

By | January 3, 2018

Entrust Datacard partners with Identity Management Systems (a subsidiary of Margins Group) to deliver first nationwide instant issuance in West Africa MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced its technology will be used by the government of Ghana — through a partnership with Identity Management Systems (IMS), a subsidiary of… Read More »

South Korea – Record Number of Passports Issued in 2017

By | January 3, 2018

Last year saw the largest ever number of passports issued at five-point-23 million, up 12 percent from 2016. The Foreign Ministry released the figures Tuesday, adding that the total number of passports held by Koreans was 29 million. The ministry added the increase in passport issuance was largely due to the steady rise in the number of annual… Read More »

Afghanistan – President busy, e-ID cards issuance postponed

By | January 2, 2018

The Population Registration Department (PRD) head on Tuesday said the process of issuing electronic national identity (e-NIC) cards has been postponed to next week because of the president’s busy schedule. Homayoon Mohtat, PRD head, said his office was ready to start issuing the computerized ID cards but the Administrative Office of the President had told them that President… Read More »

Taiwan – Public urged not to remove stickers from passports

By | January 2, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday urged people not to remove a sticker from new biometric passports that would cover a bungled image, saying that doing so could result in passengers not being allowed to board their flights. The Central Engraving and Printing Plant is designing the sticker, which would feature Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and be placed… Read More »

Taiwan – Foreign ministry will not reprint botched passports

By | December 31, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued another statement on the bungled passport incident clarifying the number of misprinted copies and the cost of printing, stressing that it was not trying to conceal anything. The ministry’s statement apologized for misprinting 550,000 biometric passports that mistakenly featured an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International… Read More »

Jan. 1 marks mass birthday in Afghanistan, where many just have to guess

By | December 31, 2017

KABUL – Jan. 1 is Samad Alawi’s birthday. It is also the birthday of his wife, his two sons, 32 of his friends and thousands of other Afghans — a date chosen for convenience by a generation who do not know when they were born. In the absence of birth certificates or official records, many Afghans have long used… Read More »

Taiwan – MOFA to put stickers on e-passport to cover Dulles Airport image

By | December 31, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to use stickers to cover the error it made in the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It will cost around NT$16 million (US$538,600) to make the correction to the 550,000 copies of… Read More »

Taiwan foreign minister apologizes for Dulles passport mishap

By | December 29, 2017

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time since the controversy broke, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) apologized Friday for the issuing of e-passports showing an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The mistake had been spotted by netizens and publicized on Tuesday, setting in motion a long chain of embarrassing events.… Read More »

Taiwan – Consular affairs chief resigns over passport fiasco

By | December 27, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Agnes Chen (陳華玉) stepped down Wednesday amid a furor over an error on the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. “On behalf of BOCA, I apologize to the public for the major oversight… Read More »

Taiwan – New e-passports to be recalled over print error

By | December 26, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday that it will recall several hundred of the next-generation biometric passports already issued because they contain an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. A total of 200,000 of the new e-passports have already been printed, of which 285 have been… Read More »

The first Issuing of JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam

By | December 25, 2017

Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo, Dec 25, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Sacombank, one of the largest commercial banks in Vietnam and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), today announced the launch of Sacombank JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam. This is the highest line of JCB for individual customers in… Read More »

Afghanistan – Electronic National ID cards distribution to kick off next week: Danish

By | December 25, 2017

The Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammad Sarwar Danish has said the distribution process of the electronic national identity cards will kick off next week. Speaking during a gathering in Kabul, Danish said the distribution process will be launched next week. Danish further added that the persistent issues in the electoral bodies will also be resolved in the near… Read More »

Nigeria – Interior Ministry Set To End Foreign Printing of Int’l Passports

By | December 24, 2017

In order to create employment locally, conserve meagre foreign exchange and guard against the leaking of vital information, Nigeria will soon stop the practice of printing her international passports in foreign countries, LEADERSHIP Sunday can reveal authoritatively. The firms handling the production of the essential travel document currently undertake the printing in countries like South Africa, Malaysia and… Read More »

Ghana – National ID cards to be issued in January 2018

By | December 22, 2017

The National Identification Authority (NIA) should be issuing the National ID cards from January 2018, barring any last minute hitch. This is the indication from the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The move will however depend on the maturity of the Legislative Instrument (LI) on the policy currently before Parliament. Speaking on the Citi Breakfast… Read More »

India – Cm Inaugurates E-challan, Smart Card Based Driving Licence

By | December 21, 2017

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, inaugurated E- Challan and smart card based driving license scheme at State secretariat on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the process has started to make the transport department of State high tech. He said that the approval to purchase ten Boleros for enforcement and revenue collection has… Read More »

Over 600,000 biometric passports in print queue at Ukraina Printing House

By | December 19, 2017

The Document state enterprise has produced over a million biometric passports, and delays with the issuance of such documents depend on the Ukraina Printing House, where more than 600,000 applications for documents are already in the print queue, the enterprise’s spokesman, Volodymyr Polischuk, has said. “The technical production [of biometric passports] depends on the Ukraina Printing House. They… Read More »

Taiwan to upgrade e-passport to improve security

By | December 18, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Taiwan will issue a next-generation biometric passport later this month in an effort to tighten security and prevent identity theft, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. Starting Dec. 25, citizens will be able to apply for the upgraded passports at the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taipei, its branch offices in Taichung,… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate legalises card readers, sets fees for aspirants

By | December 16, 2017

The Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 Amendment Bill 2017 passed recently by the Senate makes the use of card readers mandatory and bans manual accreditation, when it becomes law. According to the amendment, House of Representatives aspirants are now to pay N1,000,000 and those for State Assembly will pay N500,000. The law states there shall now be full… Read More »

Nigeria – UNHCR, NIMC launch e-ID card for 100,000 IDPs in Borno

By | December 15, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said it will issue e-identity cards to a total of 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno. NIMC, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday launched the pilot registration exercise in Maiduguri, hoping to register all IDPs in the state for… Read More »