Speaking at an end-of-year press conference at the Police Officers Training Centre, Rohee said the process to upgrade the machine readable passport in keeping with Border Control System began in 2013 while a contract was signed in 2014 with Canadian Bank Note for the upgrade to commence in 2015.
The contract will see the decommissioning of the old system, and installation of new software and hardware systems. The current machine readable passport will eventually be phased out.
“This process is almost completed and the new redesigned passport will come into being in 2015. The old one will be phased out,” Minister Rohee stated.
Also in the area of border control and passport issuance, 2014 also saw the decentralisation of this process at Divisions B, D, E, F, and G, bringing relief to persons who had to travel to uplift passports as was the case in the past.
Guyana joined the Caribbean in 2007 when it introduced the machine-readable passports. Canadian Bank Note was awarded the contract to produce them.
The passport was introduced to protect against multiple issuance of the travel document to persons under fraudulent identities by maintaining and checking all passport holders.