OSCE engaged HJP Consulting for ICAO PKD workshop in Kazakhstan

Jun 2, 2016

An OSCE-supported seminar focusing on the use of a technologically advanced passport verification system, the International Civil Aviation Organization’ Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD), concluded in Astana on June 2, 2016. The two-day workshop brought together relevant experts from migration and border agencies in Kazakhstan in order to acquaint them with the ICAO PKD - a multilateral technical platform enabling the effective validation of electronic security features stored in biometric passports. Organized by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department in co-operation with the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, HJP’s experts Markus Hartmann and Dirk Hartmann held the workshop on behalf of the OSCE. The discussion focused on the achievements and challenges of integrating the PKD in Kazakhstan, as well as on the new updates and developments related to the system since a new operator (Bundesdruckerei) took over last year.

The ICAO PKD currently has 51 member states, of which Kazakhstan was the first member state in Central Asia (2008).

ICAO e-passport issuing states participating in public key directory (PKD)

Source: ICAO

Membership in the ICAO PKD is a proactive approach in fighting international terrorism and preventing the cross-border movement of terrorists because it allows for a fast and effective multilateral validation that an ePassport is genuine. Since the adoption of the OSCE Ministerial Council Decision in 2009 on promoting the ICAO PKD, similar workshops have been held in Albania, Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

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Participants at OSCE PKD workshop in Kasakhstan

Source: OSCE, PKD workshop participants

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