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Nigeria re-elected to int’l civil aviation board

In recognition of the vital role it has been playing on the global stage of electronic travel documents, Nigeria has been re-elected as member of…

In recognition of the vital role it has been playing on the global stage of electronic travel documents, Nigeria has been re-elected as member of the International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory (ICAO-PKD) Board for the fourth time.

The ICAO-PKD, is a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents (e-MRTDs) such as ePassports, electronic ID cards and Visible Digital Seals.

A statement from the Service Public Relations Officer, DCI Tony Akuneme, said, “the election of Nigeria and other countries to the Board, was the highpoint of the 29th ICAO-PKD Board meeting which held in Speke Resort Munyonyo, Uganda, from 16th to 17th of November, and the Nigerian delegation was led by the Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris,”

The ICAO-PKD Board, which also develops policies, is the standing body responsible for the ICAO administration and operation procedures to ensure efficient operation of the PKD, including its financial and contractual management.

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ICAO-PKD is made up of 88 member countries, with 15 Board members who serve 3-year terms each. Board members are nominated and voted by PKD participants and are appointed by ICAO Council in accordance with the provision of the MoU.

Nigeria has over the years been an active participant in the ICAO-PKD Board meetings and has contributed immensely, especially on the issue of electronic passport control system and border control solution.