Solomon Islands launches ePassport system
16 December 2016 12:25 GMT

Officials from the Solomon Islands have launched what they have called the first ePassport system in the South Pacific region.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially launched the e-passport system on Thursday, at the Honiara International Terminal.

The system has been developed under a Public, Private, Partnership (PPP) Model between the DCC Government and the IRIS Corporation Berhad Company of Malaysia.

The Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration was mandated under the agreement to implement the e-Passport and Border Control and Management System.

Prime Minister Sogavare said: “From the government’s perspective, having the e-passport and Border Control and Management System in place will have enormous benefits for Solomon Islands Citizens and country.”

Project Manager Sim Shin Yun from IRIS Corporation Berhad said: “On behalf of the IRIS Corporation Berhad, I would like to thank the staff of the Immigration department for working closely with me and my team towards the success of this project.”