Tag Archives: Africa

Kenya Goes It Alone On e-Passport as Neighbours Dither

By | September 5, 2017

Kenya has rolled out the East African Community (EAC) electronic passport, 17 years after discussions to develop the document began. The new generation e-passport, which conforms to the international civil standards, replaces the existing national document, set to be phased out by September 2019. “The Immigration Department will no longer process and issue the current ordinary, diplomatic and… Read More »

Ghana – NIA contract: Ken Agyapong peddling lies – NIA

By | September 2, 2017

Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah, has indicated that contrary to claims by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyepong, that a new contract has been awarded under suspicious circumstances, no fresh contract has been signed. The criminologist also pointed out that the accusations of corruption by Mr Agyapong against Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, are… Read More »

Kenia – E-passport to phaseout chip-less predecessor by August 2019

By | August 31, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – The government on Thursday began issuing electronic passports from, almost two years after the plan was mooted. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi presided over the launch of the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with the holder’s data.… Read More »

Kenya – Long wait for e-passport ahead of its launch Thursday

By | August 30, 2017

People waited in long queues at the immigration headquarters Wednesday as citizens scrambled to apply ahead of Thursday’s launch of electronic passports. Services at the Nyayo House offices will be unavailable up to midday Thursday as the department prepares to roll out the electronic border passes. Regional and border offices will however continue to operate as normal without… Read More »

South Africa – Biometrics not a threat

By | August 28, 2017

As government institutions explore and introduce biometric systems, concerns have been raised about how the state intends to use the collected private information to police and control South African citizens. Last week, Right2Know Gauteng (R2K Gauteng) took to the streets in protest of the national smart ID card system. R2K Gauteng wants the end of the use of biometrics and to keep the State… Read More »

South Africa – Pretoria residents protest over smart ID cards

By | August 23, 2017

They complain that they cannot afford to pay R140 for a new ID card as they have other responsibilities. It is unfair for the home affairs department to expect South Africans to pay R140 for new smart ID cards when many are living below the poverty line. These were sentiments expressed by the Right 2 Know (R2K) campaign… Read More »

DR Congo government destroys thousands of ‘outmoded’ passports

By | August 19, 2017

The Congolese government on Thursday destroyed thousands of decommissioned passports, too old to meet current technological standards. The destruction was ordered by court, that ruled the diplomatic travel documents did not contain a chip that could read information automatically at immigration posts. Most of these passports had been acquired by 2014, a year before the Economic and Monetary… Read More »

Cameroon: National Identity Card – Over 600,000 Abandoned

Startling statistics from the General Delegation for National Security (DGSN) in Yaounde show that about 678,000 National Identity (ID) Cards have been abandoned in different Police Identification Posts in the country. In spite of efforts made by the General Delegation for National Security for individuals to come for their ID cards after application, the problem seems not to… Read More »

Kenya to introduce e-passport in September to enhance security

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country. The country’s Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the e-passport will have a chip that has details of an individual. Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic passports to replace current passports in 2019

By | August 17, 2017

Kenyans traveling abroad will be required to replace their passports over the next two years, as the Department of Immigration begins phasing them out. This as the government rolls out the more secure electronic or e-passport from next month meant to capture a passport holder’s bio data. On Thursday, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Kenyans to get new e-passports from September

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Kenya’s Immigration Department has announced that it will start to issue citizens with e-passports beginning next month. According to the Immigration Department, the upgrade is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and will apply to new applications/renewals before the current passport is phased out. The difference between the current… Read More »

Nigeria – Why PPP Model Should Be Adopted For National ID

By | August 16, 2017

The world has moved in terms of technology and innovation. The Nigerian government at the moment does not have the resources to throw at any national identity card project; neither does the economy have appetite for any white elephant project. It is, therefore, best for the government to apply the same public private partnership (PPP) model that was… Read More »

Ivory Coast – Biometric temporary residence cards introduced

By | August 14, 2017

What is the change? Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have said that foreign nationals (excluding ECOWAS nationals) holding temporary resident cards are able to replace their current cards with new biometric cards starting today. What does the change mean? To apply for the new biometric temporary resident card, foreign nationals must personally appear at the Office Nationale d’Identification to have their fingerprints and… Read More »

Nigeria – NIMC plans e-ID Cards’ replacement, renewal

By | August 11, 2017

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said that it is working to ensure every Nigerian with National Identity Number (NIN) receives the electronic identity cards, and that it has set up machinery to renew others about to expire. Engineer Aliyu Aziz, NIMC’s director general and chief executive officer, regretted that recession and the inability of the private partners to… Read More »

Sierra Leone News: Parliament approves amendment to e-passport price

By | August 10, 2017

As requested by the parent agreement, Members of Parliament have yesterday approved the amendment of Clause 5 on the agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and NETPAGE (SL) Limited for the production of e-passports. According to ‘Clause 5′ of the agreement the initial sales price of the e-passport shall be the equivalent of $120 USD in Leones… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds stall production of electronic ID cards

By | August 9, 2017

Lack of funds tied to recession is currently slowing the production and issuance of the national electronic identification card being handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Out of the 18.5 million enrolments and registrations made since 2012, when the project began, NIMC has only been able to issue 1.2 million cards. The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu… Read More »

Liberia Launches new Biometric ECOWAS Passport

By | August 8, 2017

Liberia has become the latest upgraded member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Agreement with the official launch of the of Liberian Bio-metric e-Passport, the official Liberian travel document printed and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later became the very first recipient of the upgraded travel document, performed… Read More »

French firm Oberthur Technologies wins $12M contract for e-passport issuance in Burkina Faso

By | August 3, 2017

(Ecofin Agency) – French firm Oberthur Technologies (OT), specialized in the designing and provision of embedded security solutions and services, for payment, telecommunication and identification sectors just won a major contract in Burkina Faso. Indeed, the company was picked by the government of Burkina Faso to operate and manage a system of e-passport issuance and e-archives in the… Read More »

Nigeria – Committee Proposes 3 Years To Issue 180m National ID Cards

By | August 2, 2017

The National Database Harmonisation Committee has proposed three years for the capture of 180 million Nigerians and other residents in the National Identification card scheme. The issuance of the National Identity Cards which started several  years ago had been slowed down due to multiplicity of data collection points but the harmonisation committee had tried to achieve a one-stop… Read More »

Liberia – MOFA closes passport, visa sections temporarily

By | August 1, 2017

Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced the temporary closure of the Bureau of Passport and Visas sections to new applicants and individuals applying for passports as they prepare to begin the issuance of e-Passports shortly. The Foreign Ministry said in order to get this vital process underway, the Bureau of Passport and Visas doors will… Read More »