International Conference on Biometrics and Travel Document Security

International Conference “Biometric Applications in Electronic Machine–Readable Travel Documents and Issuance Systems” will be organized by the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co–operation in Europe (OSCE) on March 31 – April 1, 2009. 

International Conference “Biometric Applications in Electronic Machine–Readable Travel Documents and Issuance Systems” will be organized by the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co–operation in Europe (OSCE) on March 31 – April 1, 2009.  

The Conference will promote the implementation of an electronic Machine–Readable Travel Document (MRTD) in the Republic of Belarus, as well as the complexities involved with securing the handling and issuance process, including a comprehensive civil registration system providing end–to–end oversight.

The Conference will be held within the framework of IOM's project “Strengthening Migration Management in the Republic of Belarus (MIGRABEL)”, funded by the European Commission. The project aims to support Belarus with the implementation of an e–MRTD issuance system in line with international standards, as well as facilitating the modernization of the identity management process.

The Conference is co–funded by the OSCE's Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU) and will take place at the Hotel “Crowne Plaza” in Minsk.

For further information, as well as for mass media representatives’ accreditation for the Conference, please refer to the IOM Minsk Office. Contact person: Pavel Kholod, telephone: + 375 17 284 40 82.

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Reference information:  The MIGRABEL project (2007 – 2009) is financed by the European Commission and is implemented by IOM Minsk Office in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus. The project aims to examine possibilities of introducing electronic passports with biometric identifiers in the Republic of Belarus. The key components of the project are conducting researches of relevant Belarusian legislation and technical infrastructure and developing corresponding recommendations, as well as studying best practices of the leading European countries in this area.