Enhanced Features in Uganda Passports to root out Fraudsters.

In Summary
  • Uganda passport has become one of the world most secure travel documents.
  • The e passport has been fitted with enhanced security features to protect it from fraudsters.
Chairperson ICAO Mario Wiesen from Luxembourg addressing journalists in Kampala.
Chairperson ICAO  Mario Wiesen from Luxembourg addressing journalists in Kampala.
Image: Moses Kidandi--Capital FM

The Ministry of internal affairs says enhanced security features in Uganda's travel document which is the Uganda passport has become complex and is going to ensure safety of personal data of the genuine users.

This follows the just concluded  international civil aviation Authority high level meeting on verification of travel documents. featuring  Delegates from over 88 countries that  convened in Uganda to attend the meeting.

The meeting was composed of regulators from member’s states, discussed the verification of Electronic machine readable travel documents, public key infrastructure and the use of the ICAO public key directory.

E-passport fitted with enhanced security features.
E-passport fitted with enhanced security features.
Image: Kevin Ajuna

The travel documents are mainly composed of passports and National Identity cards.

Uganda started implementing the e-passports in 2018 after most East African states started  migrating from ordinary machine readable passports to the electronic passport machine readable travel documents.

Uganda as part of the international community is signatory to the Uganda Hosting the international Civil Aviation Authority organization.

According to the permanent secretary ministry of Internal affairs Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, Uganda plans to improve  the e passport by adopting the polycarbonate bio-data page to match the standard recommended and agreed on by East African community member states.

 
Delegates attend the ICAO meeting in kampala.
Delegates attend the ICAO meeting in kampala.
Image: Moses kidandi--Capital FM

Speaking at the meeting being held at Speke Resort  Munyonyo ,the Chairperson ICAO  Mario Wiesen from Luxembourg explains  that E-passport are hard to forge by fraudsters, given the different security features such as the chips built in the data system.

He commends Uganda for offering to host the ICAO PKD workshop on verification of electronic machines readable travel documents, public key infrastructure and the use of the ICAO public key directorate (PKD).

According to Mario, the workshop Empowered  ICAO member states on how to understand key features  and operation of the  public key directory PKD , a key access to all data concerning travel documents of persons from member states.