Solomon Islands Launches E-Passport System

Project first of its kind in Pacific, first successful public-private partnership commissioned by the government

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 15, 2016) – The Solomon Islands government has launched its Electronic Passport and Border Control Management System a little over a year since it signed an agreement for its installation.

According to a statement from the government the project is the first of its kind in the Pacific region and also the first successful public-private partnership commissioned by the government.

A Malaysian company installed the Border Gate E-Passport machines at Honiara International Airport.

Speaking at the launch Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the E-passport technology should ease travel burdens and reduce waiting time and check in procedures.

Mr Sogavare said the use of E-passports would also improve border control and management and eventually allow for faster visa processing by larger countries such as New Zealand and Australia.

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