HJP Consulting supports OSCE for ICAO PKD workshop in Armenia

May 23, 2013

HJP Experts provide another workshop to promote the ICAO PKD on behalf of the OSCE. Participants at a workshop in Yerevan from 22nd to 23rd May 2013 discussed ways to prevent terrorists and other criminals from crossing borders with forged travel documents. The forum focused in particular on promoting the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD), a technologically advanced system to secure the integrity of biometric passports.

“Introducing biometric passports with chips is a major step towards making it harder for terrorists and criminals to forge travel documents,” said Paul Picard, Counter-Terrorism Officer at the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department. “It is essential that border officials be able to prove quickly and efficiently that a passport chip has not been tampered with,” he said, adding that this is exactly what the Public Key Directory enables.

The two-day workshop builds on a national action plan that Armenia developed along with the OSCE and the International Organization for Migration in 2009. One of the key points of the action plan was the introduction of ePassports and electronic identification cards in Armenia.

The event brought together 20 representatives from Armenia’s Border, State Registry and Information Technology agencies to discuss the technical, administrative and operational details of the ICAO PKD. It was organized by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit in co-operation with the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the Armenian police.

“Due to the close cooperation between OSCE and ICAO, we are able to support states completing the ePassport issuance process by integrating their e-passport PKI with all other member states by the use of the ICAO PKD. This has been well perceived by Armenian authorities”, said Markus Hartmann, Managing Director of HJP Consulting and member of the ICAO Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group, ICBWG.

Since the adoption of an OSCE Ministerial Council Decision in 2009 on the promotion of the ICAO PKD, the OSCE has conducted similar workshops in Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Uzbekistan.

Please also have a look at the corresponding OSCE website:
http://www.osce.org/atu/101794

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