Malawi to introduce E-passport in November: Immigration moves ahead on digitisation

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services (DICS)  is looking to fully digitise its operation by October  2020 starting with this year’s November by replacing Machine Readable Zone  passports currently in use with electronic passports (e-passports).

Malawi to start in November replacing Machine Readable Zone  passports currently in use with electronic passports

Immigration Department has been migrating from analogue systems to  e-services with the introduction of e-passport set to meet  International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) requirements to enhance security on passports.

Spokesperson for Immigration, Joseph Chauwa, said with the current setup, people have to process applications and pay relevant fees in person at the Department as new passport applicants and holders will have to pay about K75 000 per normal passport ($100).

All applications and payments are processed using analogue system, which requires that all documents and material be checked by several sub-departments and officials before being finalised.

Chauwa said some  EU (European) countries have  put a regulation that they will be issuing visas to countries with e-passports only.

The broader migration process has been split into two separate projects: e-visa and e-permit.

Chauwa said the Immigration started rolling out some permit applications online and soon the e-visa will also be rolled out.

He said once they are fully rolled out, applicants should be able to make payments for various fees online.

It is expected that several other government agencies, including local law enforcement, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Financial Intelligence Unit, will leverage the digital system – specifically in scrutinising applicants for work permits, visitors and business licenses.

Immigration  procured a US$35-million contract in 2018 to upgrade the Passport Issuance System (PIS) and Introduction of the Electronic Passport.

Two Trees Investments, a joint venture with Belgian firm ZETES, secured this contract.

Social  media has been awash with reports and shared Whatsapp conversation that Two Trees Investment is owned by Zuneth Sattar of Xaviar Limited UK.  But when contacted by Nyasa Times, Sattar flatly rejected any link with the company.

“I have no connection whatsoever with Two Trees. My line of business is not e-passport. I know nothing about it, Sattar said.

Immigration spokesman Chauwa also confirmed Sattar not party to Two Trees Investment.

 

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Frank Balasani
Frank Balasani
1 year ago

mmmmmmmmmm when you are done you will tell eish 75 mmmmmm our Malawi

Kalua
Kalua
1 year ago

Zamkutu zaziii….tigwilisabe a fake omwewa kkkk

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Musatisokosere ndi nkhani zamapasipoti apa, mukuti mukufuna kukweza ndiye bwanji osangokweza mulemere agalu inu?.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

Kutereku wina alemerapo pamenepo.

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
1 year ago

Okhulupilila alimmadzi

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

dual citizenship zili patipo?
too many introductions or with no actions??????

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