Biometric passport coming soon to Dominica says Blackmoore

Dominica is to undertake an e-passport project which, it is expected, will enhance the country’s border security features.

As of March 2021, the Government will phase out machine-readable passports in favor of the biometric passport (also known as an e-passport, or a digital passport) as stated by the Minister of National Security and Home Affairs, Rayburn Blackmoore.

Blackmoore indicated that the initiative would help officials create a watchlist for persons of interest and more readily and reliably keep officers apprised of information on passengers and cargo entering the country.

The measure is being implemented in an attempt to upgrade and improve the country’s border management system and according to the minister, Dominica will be one of the few other Caribbean Countries -Bahamas being the first- to undertake such improvement.

He noted that EC$18 million will be spent on the passport which will “reduce the risk of tampering and identity fraud.”

On the issue of the border management control system, Blackmoore stated, “that is significant because it is going to allow us to better facilitate advanced passengers and also advanced cargo information.”

This new generation passport which has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip that contains biometric information, can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder.

It uses contactless smart card technology, including a microprocessor chip (computer chip) and antenna (for both power to the chip and communication) embedded in the front or back cover, or center page, of the passport.

Many countries are moving towards issuing biometric passports  to their citizens. Malaysia was the first country to issue biometric passports in 1998. In December 2008, 60 countries were issuing such passports, which increased to 120 by June 2017.

The currently standardized biometrics used for this type of identification system are facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and iris recognition.

The passport’s critical information is printed on the data page of the passport, repeated on the machine-readable lines, and stored in the chip. Public key infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip, making it expensive and difficult to forge when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented.

According to the Immigration Minister Blackmoore, such steps are important as the country seeks to better protect its citizens and persons entering our shores.

He further indicated that the upgrade of the border system network will also help in the monitoring of the new passports and to also help cultivate a watch list.

With such advancement to the country’s port of entry, Blackmoore is optimistic that this hi-tech upgrade which the system is in dire need of, will undoubtedly brighten the country’s image further in the digital world.

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6 Comments

  1. Someone
    January 3, 2021

    DMA passport is not under scrutiny.
    Not all who acquired CBI are criminals. CBI is a lifeline for many who are really in need for that in exchange for money. Believe it or not, lots of people have honest money but without a good passport and they are judged bad because of this. CBI system that is followed almost everywhere. Just name a country of the major ones. They just do it under other names. For a passport that is sold to criminals, government should be able to revoke this process. Dominica is a really good country full of goid people. The question must be, where does the money of CBI go?

  2. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    December 4, 2020

    The identify fraud starts with the selling of passports to crooks and criminals. That has to stop, Dominica nationality should not be for sale. Only real citizens should carry passports. Dominican passports are becoming worthless and are scrutinized when entering other countries because so many have been sold. Carrying a Dominican passport does not mean the person is even from Dominica or even knows where the island is. Does yours truly even know how many passports have been sold or who has them?

  3. My name
    December 3, 2020

    ID cards for the voters of DA cannot be done????? Smh

  4. Zippy
    December 2, 2020

    Why exactly does Dominica need this or how does this technology benefit Dominica and or Dominicans?
    This is simply making it easier for foreign entities to monitor, control and manipulate the freedom and movement of Dominicans.
    The minister is obviously following orders from the very same New World Order masters enabling them to access personal data of citizens with no option available to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens which others before him have fought and sacrificed to defend.

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    • Manicousoup
      December 3, 2020

      Stop selling our passports to international gangsters, that way you can save the 18 million.

  5. Channel 1
    December 1, 2020

    Yet another development that could prove to be helpful in the establishment of the invasive global authoritarian system that will most likely need to be in place for the operation of the Anti-Christ One World rule.

    “WATCH” as the Bible instructed. The truth is hidden in plain sight.

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