Sri Lanka cabinet approves issuing e-passports under PPP scheme

Aug 02, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved a proposal to introduce a chip enabled e-Passport where personal particulars of passport holders would be digitally signed and stored in a chip.

The cabinet approval for the joint proposal made by Digital Infrastructure Minister and Internal Affairs Minister has been granted to implement the project as a Public Private Partnership after a proper study.

Under this project, a computer chip with biometric data and other high security features will be included in the new electronically structured passport which will be issued to Sri Lankan citizens.

The government has identified e-Passport system as a necessary component of the National Digitization Program.

Immigration and Emigration Department started to obtain fingerprints as biometric data in 2015 conforming to standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

By this arrangement, Sri Lankan Passport will become a travel document with international recognition.

According to the provisions of the Immigration and Emigration Act, every applicant above 16 years must provide their fingerprints to obtain a passport.

India recently started the process to roll out chip-based passports and approved the procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports.

India plans to join the race of biometric e-passport like the other nations including Ghana, Italy, and Germany.