The Bangladesh embassy in the UAE is outsourcing services as it struggles to meet demand while introducing passports with biometric data.
Five Bangladeshi typing centres, including Janata Bank and Al Ansari Exchange, have been enlisted to help as the embassy tries to replace the passports of 800,000 of its nationals in the UAE before an international deadline, reports the National, a UEA daily.
The embassy is processing about 20,000 a month but will have to almost double that to replace the manual passports of all Bangladeshis in the country by the end of next year.
Manual passports will not be accepted by any airport in the world from mid-2015, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) says. “We’re considering outsourcing to five typing centres initially,” said Mohammed Husain, a counselor at the embassy.
Mohammed Husain said applications would be outsourced from September 1 and the typing centers would have limited access to the embassy’s computer systems.
About 1,500 Bangladeshis gathered at the embassy yesterday, which has become a common occurrence.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended outsourcing to typing centers. The embassy has already hired three centers in Al Ain and is considering similar measures for Dubai and other emirates if it works in Abu Dhabi.
Fifty passport applications are being processed by the Al Ain typing centers each day.