The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Kazembe Kazembe has officially opened an E-Passport Bio-Enrolment Centre in Concession, Mazowe district.

The centre is the first in Mashonaland Central province and Kazembe said it is strategically positioned to reduce travel distances for people across the province who intend to acquire the e-passport.

He said the government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is targeting to leave no one and no place behind regards accessing primary documents.

Currently e-passports are issued in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Chitungwiza, Hwange, Lupane and Beitbridge and Murehwa and the government says the ultimate goal is to have a facility in each of the country’s 59 districts.

The electronic passport is in line with the global shift towards biometric data-based identity and travel documents.

An e-passport contains an electronic chip, which holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page, which include the holder’s name, date of birth and other biographic information.

The document also contains a biometric identifier. All of these features are designed to protect citizens from identity theft. E-passports also allow for faster passage through transit at your home border post.