Tunisia reveals eID, biometric passport plans
11 December 2014 09:27 GMT

The minister said a budget for the financing of the projects had already been allocated.

Tunisian officials have revealed that the country will launch an electronic ID card and move to biometric passports by the end of 2016.

The minister responsible for national security, Ridha Sfar said the issuing of electronic identity cards and biometric passports will begin at the end of 2016, reported Jawhara.

Speaking on the sidelines of a plenary session of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, the minister said a budget for the financing of the projects had already been allocated.

He also stressed that the implementation of these two projects had already began with the cooperation of specialised companies.

Neighbouring Algeria began issuing biometric passports containing an electronic chip with information about the holder in 2012.