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Implement e-passport project as fast as possible
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged Germany to implement the e-passport project fast in line with the agreement signed between the two countries to issue electronic passports alongside the Machine Readable Passports to Bangladesh citizens.
She made the call when German ambassador in Dhaka Thomas Heinrich Prinz made the farewell call on her at her office.
On July 19 last, Bangladesh and Germany signed a government-to-government agreement on implementation of e-passport project. World-leading identity solutions provider Veridos, a joint venture of Giesecke+Devrient and state-owned Bundesdruckerei GmbH, will implement the project.
The long-term euro 340 million contract covers the entire value-chain for e-passports - from security paper right through to e-gates. The contract will run for 12 years.
Prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
At the meeting, the prime minister said her government is working for overall development of the country but the problem here is if a government changes the next one stops the development projects taken by the previous government.
Sheikh Hasina appreciated the German envoy’s works here in the last three and half years and conveyed her regards to Germany chancellor Angela Merkel through him.
The German envoy thanked the prime minister and her government for cooperating with him during his tenure here.
Prinz said he passed very wonderful times here and noted very nice bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Germany. ‘We’re on a good track in regard to business,’ the press secretary quoted him as saying.
Prinz assured that Germany will continue its cooperation for the development of Bangladesh and highly praised the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
Principal secretary of the prime minister’s office Md Nojibur Rahman was present at the meeting.