SOLOMON Islands is the first country in the Pacific region to operate an e-passport system, thanks to the Public, Private, Partnership (PPP) Model between the DCC Government and the IRIS Corporation Berhad Company of Malaysia.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially launched the e-passport system on Thursday, at the Honiara International Terminal.

The successful launch of the system came about after the DCC Government signed an agreement with IRIS Corporation Berhad in November 2015.

This is to help establish the information and management system of e-passport and boarder control in Solomon Islands.

The Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration was mandated under the agreement to implement the e-Passport and Border Control and Management System.