The COMESA Secretariat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian Government for the production of COMESA Passports also known as Laissez Passer.
The Zambian Government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs, will print new machine readable passports for staff of the COMESA Secretariat and its institutions.
The passport have been printed in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) requirements.
COMESA Council of Ministers recently had mandated COMESA to work on having the machine readable Laissez Passer replace the old manual version.
Speaking at the execution of the MoU, Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Chileshe Mulenga revealed that the government is committed to producing good quality passports in line with international rules and regulations related to air travel.
“We have a modernized system of printing passports so we can assure you for a good, efficient and timely job,” He added.
Dr. Mulenga disclosed in the Statement obtained by ZANIS this evening that the Government of Zambia will meet the cost of producing the new passports while COMESA Secretariat will contribute 20 percent of the total cost.
Meanwhile COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya commended Zambia for hosting thousands of refugees from the region for many years without seeking help or complaining about the noble service.
“We are extremely happy to be hosted by the Government and people of Zambia in this country which has been an oasis of peace since independence.
” It is renowned for having a friendly population, harmony and for its stability. It’s a true honor to be based in this country,” he noted.