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Uganda launches e-Passport system in London

Uganda’s High Commission in London, became the first foreign mission to launch the operationalisation of a new e-Passport system during a function which took place at the Mission premises on Monday.

The roll out is expected to be followed by other Missions including, Washington DC (USA), Ottawa (Canada), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Pretoria (South Africa), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Beijing (China).

The Monday event was co-presided over by Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK also accredited to Ireland, H.E Julius Peter Moto and Maj. Gen. Apollo Kasiita-Gowa, the director Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) accompanied by Brig. Gen. Johnson Namanya Abaho, Commissioner for Citizenship and Passport Control together with Laurent von Burene, the Finance Director Uganda Security Printing Company (USPC).

While launching the system, Amb. Moto said, the new system would greatly reduce the time it takes to get a new passport processed and issued. He acknowledged that the system comes into operation as the country approaches the deadline for phasing out of the Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) due on 4th April 2022.

Maj. Gen. Apollo Kasiita-Gowa, in his remarks commended Amb. Moto and the staff of the High Commission for their commitment to ensure that Ugandans living in the United Kingdom and Ireland and surrounding areas of accreditation, are assisted and receive quality service.

He further intmated that MRPs will only be used by citizens returning back to Uganda but not to any other country. Maj Gen. Kasiita also noted that the new passport system is designed to reduce the turn-around time in processing the passports to effectively serve Ugandans in the Diaspora.

A new Passport application Processing Center with biometric equipment was officially handed over to the High Commission by Maj Gen Kasiita-Gowa after which 10 applications were spontaneously processed using the new system.

Also in attendance were Senior Officials from Uganda High Commission, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NITA-U, VERIDOS GmbH company, USPC and representatives of the Ugandan Community.

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