Mozambique to launch tender for modernizing passports

24 March 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 March – The Mozambique government will soon launch a public tender for modernizing the system for issuing and checking travel documents, including the creation of a digital passport, the country’s Interior Ministry officials said Thursday.

The Ministry spokesperson told Portuguese daily newspaper, Diário Notícias that the aim was for system modernization, which would include issuing other types of travel documents, to be concluded by the fourth quarter of 2006.

With this process, the spokesperson said, Mozambique aimed to create, “a biometric digital passport that is more reliable in terms of security.”

The launch of the tender will be preceded by a change in Mozambique’s Migration Law, in order to adapt it to the expected changes, particularly in terms of eligibility for access to the documents. (macauhub)