Belize is exploring ways to transition from its archaic passport system to a modern e-passport with biometric data. According to the Minister of Immigration, Eamon Courtenay, there is a dire need to have the Belize Passport upgrade as the current system has become obsolete. Prime Minister John Briceno explained that Cabinet had given the green light this week to pursue the change.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “We need to get that as soon as possible. The present system is crashing, there are no more licenses to keep that system going, the equipment is antiquated, we can’t get parts for them so we have to do that as soon as possible. Hopefully we can get it very shortly, I don’t want to say a timeline, I don’t want to speak out of turn but it’s something that has to be done with urgency. The previous government knew that that was happening they were discussing that from 2017 but they decided to play politics as opposed to looking after the interest of this country, looking after the security of this country because the new passport system we’re getting is going to have biometrics and it’s going to be so much more secure. So this has to fall in the lap of the incompetence of Dean Barrow and the UDP. They had no vision all they were worried about was playing politics and not looking at what is truly necessary for this country and having to get a new system is not a luxury it’s a must, it’s a necessity.”