With simplified border controls, countries can achieve more than just ensuring good neighborly relations. They can also reap tangible economic benefits, explains Veridos, the world’s leading provider of integrated identity solutions.
In a landmark project, Namibia and Botswana recently simplified their mutual border controls. Citizens of both nations now enjoy the convenience of crossing the border with just their ID cards, rendering the once mandatory passports and stamps obsolete for this purpose.
To enable this simplification, the two countries aligned their systems and documents with the help of Veridos’ solutions. A QR code and a machine readable zone were added to Namibia’s ID cards, while Botswana’s border control system was adapted to read these ID cards without any problems. The undertaking was not very complex from a technological point of view, but the consequences for both sides are significant.
The mutual recognition of ID cards by Namibia and Botswana has the potential to act as a role model and initiate similar agreements between other countries, according to Veridos. This is because the parties involved can benefit in many ways from the simplification of border controls:
“Smoother border controls promote the economy and culture of the countries involved,” explains Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO of Veridos. “That’s why we are committed to make traveling easier and safer with our technologies and expertise. Modern border control systems represent a pivotal and strategic investment in the future of nations across the globe, safeguarding sovereignty, security, and efficient exchange in the face of global challenges.”