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Afghans laud new online application system for passports

By Najibullah

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A new online system created by Afghan specialists will reduce the processing time for passports to just two to three days, according to Afghan officials. [Central Passport Department/Facebook]

KABUL -- Afghan citizens are lauding a new online passport application system aimed at curbing corruption and significantly reducing processing times.

The government launched the "Online Passport System" during a ceremony in Kabul on March 12.

The new system will reduce processing times to two to three days, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Shahzad Gul Aryobee said at the ceremony.

Until now, citizens were required to be present in person when applying, leading to a passport processing time as long as two weeks.

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology Shahzad Gul Aryobee (centre) and Masood Andarabi, the acting interior minister (3rd from the left), attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the "Online Passport System" in Kabul March 12. [Shahzad Gul Aryobee/Facebook]

The country's Central Passport Department should be able to issue about 10,000 passports a day, said Sayed Omar Saboori, director of the department.

"Currently, 2,000 to 2,500 passports are issued per day," Saboori said at the ceremony. Six thousand applicants can use the new system at the same time, said the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

The online application will roll out first in Kabul and then to the rest of the provinces in three months, said Saboori.

The new system will be able to store the data of 150 million individuals, he added.

Tackling corruption

The online system provides more efficient processing than before and "will reduce corruption", Masood Andarabi, the acting interior minister, predicted at the ceremony.

The new system will help the government crack down on corruption as well as curb bureaucracy, agreed Muhammad Naeem Nazari, director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network and a civil society activist in Kabul.

"This is a highly effective initiative," Nazari told Salaam Times. "As we go toward e-governance, we eliminate excessive bureaucracy."

"Currently, if an individual wants to process something" in a public office, he or she faces too many government workers, he said.

"But this initiative will allow the same individual to process his or her business online by himself or herself using a digital platform. This also helps reduce corruption, and things can be done fast," Nazari said.

"I hope that the use of technology is expanded to other parts of the government so that it can make things easier for citizens and block corruption," he added.

"Electronic governance can definitely help reduce corruption, provided that the process is designed to reduce interactions between customers and government workers," Sayed Ikram Afzali, executive director of Integrity Watch Afghanistan, told Salaam Times.

"In addition, there should be a system to collect complaints and respond to them. An electronic system may not function properly if there isn't a response system and a system to record complaints," he said.

"In general, this is a great step, and I hope that the government can make it available for all and provide even more services," Afzali added.

Following developed countries

The new passport application system demonstrates that Afghanistan is becoming a more advanced country, said Nadia Sediqi, 25, who works at an Afghan NGO in Kabul.

"I am very excited that the government is going to launch an online application system for passports," she said. "In many developed countries, public services are online. If these systems are set up in our country, they will obviously make things simpler. We welcome this development."

Sediqi expressed the need for the system to be adopted throughout the country, not just in Kabul.

"As demand for obtaining and renewing passports has soared, applicants have to wait for hours in front of the passport office, and this situation is even worse in the provinces," she said. "I hope that this initiative is rapidly implemented throughout the country."

"We are happy that we can now submit an online application for a passport, and this has made things easier for us," Mohebullah, a psychology student at Kabul University, told Salaam Times while visiting an office of the Central Passport Department.

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Good job. No doubt it's more beneficial for individuals.

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Its a very good work.

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Mirza khan Haqbin son of Awal khan haqbin

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Believe me when I visited to the registration office for passport I saw the crowd and corruption I just left the place till now I didn't apply for that due to corruption and misdicipleane there I was so disappointed about our people the way they are facing such problems and corruption .
But now I am happy to heard that and my question is that
How can we apply for it is there any app or link to submit our application if there is then please guide us as soon as possible to submit our application for passport
I think I will be the 1st one to apply for it i am that much waiting for

Thanks

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Thanks but how can I receive online passport please give details.

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To be honest, I am also waiting to find this form on any link and to fill it up, else, this app is useless.

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This is a great and suitable decision.

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As I think that is the good job.I want more work from Afghan Government.

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How do we register?

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How can I register online?

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Excellent! We can.

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This is a very good measure.

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It is a source of pride that our compatriots can now receive their passports with ease and without wasting any time. Thanks.

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Wow very good. If Allah is willing, now the millions of dollars that were going to private agencies' pockets for passports will now go to the government budget which will make a good part of the national economy because making and renewing passports need much money. I am optimistic.

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God willing, s/he will get well.

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Thanks for making such an application. We are proud of you.

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It is a good measure. I also need a passport. Let me know how to get a passport.

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This is great! It is a source of pride that our compatriots can receive their passports with much ease and without wasting any time. Thank you!

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I hope that utilization of technology spread to other parts of government, so that everything can be easier for citizens and can block the corruption.

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Jamal

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Wafiullah

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This is a very good and excellent act and we welcome it. We want to see such measures in other provinces as well. How can we register? Is there a link for it?

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This is a useful work for Afghans. They are provided with a good facility. May this be implemented. We are very happy with this decision.
Wish a thousand years of life for Mr. Doctor Ashraf Ghani.

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This is a great action and we appreciate it. We hope this process start in other provinces as well. This is not acceptable to only have this process in Kabul.

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Dr. Esmatullah

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How can we register?

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Truely, it is a good work.

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How can we register?

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Abdulmumen, son of Mohammad Daud

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This is a great and facilitating measure. This way, people can take care of their passport requests much easier and without any corruption.

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what to write?

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Really, great job. It will save time wasted in lines.

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It is a good measure. Now I need a passport. How can I get it? Helmand

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This is something good for the people who are busy in their work and cannot spend two to three days for getting their passports.

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If the situation and the misfortune will not take over President Ghani and he can have another turn of governance, I believe that, Afghanistan will become a peer of the developed countries, but the situation shows that the power will again go to the hands of people who will destroy the infrastructures of Afghanistan.

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