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PM to Germany: Implement e-Passport project as soon as possible

  • Published at 07:55 pm July 25th, 2018
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German Ambassador to Dhaka, Dr Thomas Heinrich Prinz, met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office for a farewell call at the end of his tenure FocusBangla

She made the request when the current German Ambassador to Dhaka, Dr Thomas Heinrich Prinz, met her at her office for a farewell call at the end of his tenure

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Germany to implement the e-Passport project speedily in line with the agreement signed between the two countries, to issue electronic passports to Bangladeshi citizens alongside the already available Machine Readable Passports (MRP). 

She made the request when the current German Ambassador to Dhaka, Dr Thomas Heinrich Prinz, met her at her office for a farewell call at the end of his tenure, reports UNB. 

Last year on July 19, Bangladesh and Germany signed a government-to-government agreement for the e-Passport project. 

Top identity solutions provider, Veridos, a joint venture of Giesecke+Devrient and state-owned Bundesdruckerei GmbH, has been tasked with the implementation of the project.

The long term 340 million euro contract covers the entire value-chain for e-Passports, from security papers right through to e-Gates. The contract is supposed to run for 12 years. 

Press Secretary to the prime minister, Ihsanul Karim, briefed reporters after the meeting.

At the meeting, the prime minister said the government is working for overall development of the country, but problems arise when the government changes and stops all development projects undertaken by the previous government.

Sheikh Hasina appreciated the German ambassador's work in Bangladesh in the last three and a half years, and conveyed her regards to German Chancellor Angela Markel.

The ambassador thanked the prime minister and her government for their cooperation with him and his country during his tenure here.

Dr Prinz said bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Germany are on a positive business track .

He assured that Germany will continue its cooperation for the development of Bangladesh and showered praise upon the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh.

Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, Md Nojibur Rahman, was present at the meeting.