At the request of the Armenian Government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretariat Against the Terrorism Unit conducted a needs assessment with the goal of providing recommendations and guidance for the development of a National Action Plan for the introduction of an electronic passport and an ID card.  

The Needs Assessment Report served as a National Action Plan for the Government of Armenia when preparing the tender documents for the e-passport and ID card.  The 43 recommendations compiled in the report cut across the following areas of focus:  Technical; Policy and Procedure; ID Card; Passport; Overlapping With Both ID Card and Passport; and, Future.  The Draft Terms of Reference for e-Passport contains Specific Requirements of the Armenian Passport Book; Specific Requirements for RA Passport Book Personalization; and Testing.  

The joint recommendations of this report are based on the relevant Parts and Volumes of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Doc 9303 on Machine Readable Travel Documents.  The recommendations also incorporate the regional standards and specifications developed by the EU for use of fingerprints in electronic travel documents. 

Delivered within the framework of IOM’s project: “Support to the Armenian Government in Introduction of Identity and Travel Documents with Biometrical Parameters” funded by the IOM 1035 facility with co-funding from OSCE Secretariat Against the Terrorism Unit.

Table of contents: 
  • List of Acronyms used
  • I. Executive Summary
  • II. Background
  • III. Introduction to eArmenia
  • IV. Document Upgrade Programmes
  • V. Recommendations
  • VI. Next Steps for the Needs Assessment Report
  • VII. Annexes
  • Annex 1  Draft Terms of Reference for ePassport
  • Annex 2. IOM Project Document “Support to the Armenian Government in Introduction of Identity and Travel Documents with Biometrical Parameters
  • Annex 3. IOM Needs Assessment Report on Migration Management in Armenia
  • Annex 4. President’s Concept Paper,15 March 2008
  • Annex 6. Draft Law on the Passport of the Citizen of the RA
  • Annex 7. Draft Law on the ID Cards
  • Annex 8. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Paper
  • Annex 9. Draft Law on Protection of Personal Data
  • Annex 17. Armenia eGovernment / eSociety Roadmap: 2009 to 2014
  • Annex 18. Agenda of the Needs Assessment Mission
  • Annex 19. Brief on Conception of ID cards in Armenia from the Ministry of Economy and the Central Bank
  • Annex 20. Brief Description of IOM’s and OSCE’s experiences in similar activities
  • Annex 21. Revised Notional Timeline