Belarus to offer digital visas in 2016-2017
A system to issue visas online will be created in Belarus in 2016-2017 in accordance with the government program on developing the digital economy and the information society in 2016-2020, BelTA learned from Belarusian Information Technologies and Communications Minister Sergei Popkov on 12 May.
According to the source, the Digital Visa project has been initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project is supposed to be implemented in 2016-2017. The project will be implemented using public private partnership mechanisms. When the system goes online may be announced after the private partner is chosen, taking into account the partner's financial capabilities.
Apart from that, the government program provides for creating a universal integrated services and transactions system. It will rely heavily on the single system for identifying natural persons and legal persons as well as new personal identification documents aka digital passports. All the necessary identification data will be stored on EMV-compliant plastic cards.
At present the Information Technologies and Communications Ministry is working together with government agencies concerned to determine approaches to the project's implementation. Technical requirements for the data carrier and infrastructure components of the system are being determined to later call a tender to choose the contractor.