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PV Desk : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today launched the much-awaited electronic passport (e-passport) along with the automated border control management programme, saying that it (e-passport) is a gift for the nation in the “Mujib Barsho”.

“We’re handing over the e-passport to the people of the country in ‘Mujib Barsho’, the special year, coinciding the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she told the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here this morning.

The premier added: “I do believe that e-passport and automated border control management will undoubtedly brighten Bangladesh’s image in the digital world.”

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chaired the function, while German Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Fahrenholtz was present at the function as the special guest.

Director General of Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) Major General Shakil Ahmed delivered the welcome address, while Project Director of the e-passport Project Brigadier General Saidur Rahman Khan gave an overview about different aspects of the project.