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Electronic Passport

In 2006, the Republic of Somalia awarded IRIS Corporation Berhad (ICB) an order to supply and implement a complete ePassport and e-Identification system.

According to ICB, the contract is worth an estimated US$25 million and was signed between ICB and Just Solutions Limited, a company incorporated in United Arab Emirates.

Under the terms of the contract ICB must design, develop and implement the hardware and software to enable the enrolment, production and issuance of up to two million ePassport books with inlays and the same number of e-Identification cards over a five-year period.

Somalia has already started issuing the ePassports in 2007. These passports are designed to international standards as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and use the latest contactless chip technology incorporating facial and fingerprint biometrics.

Smart Cards

Dahabshiil, the largest international money transfer business in the Horn of Africa, has launched in October 2009, the first ever debit card service in Somalia to help individuals and businesses make and receive payments.

The service, called Dahabshiil eCash, will enable customers to pay for goods and services at any shop, restaurant, hotel or petrol station that is an official Dahabshiil merchant and has a point of sale terminal on the premises.

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