ID WORLD International Congress: Miranda Harizaj

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Miranda Harizaj

Director of Identity Documents and Training – Ministry of Interior, Albania

Speaks at ID WORLD on EU Commission Priorities

Graduated as an Electronic Engineer, on 1999 nearby Polytechnic University of Tirana, I graduated with a Master on Computer Controlled Systems in 2008. Since September 2010 I am following my PhD Studies on Engineering Systems, focused on “Data Protecting and Encryption” at nearby Polytechnic University of Tirana. From 1999, I am part of professors’ young generation in IT Field nearby Electrical and Information Technology Faculty, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

I am working as Director of Identity Documents and Training, nearby Ministry of Interior of Albania since March 2009. Since October 2007 I have worked as Head of System Administration and Development Team of National Civil Register, nearby Ministry of Interior. During my experience with MoI of Albanian, I have been part of team leading the management, coordination and deployment of two important projects for Ministry of Interior as: “Modernization of Civil Status Service in Albania” and “Production and Issuance of biometric identity documents in Albania”.

Due to the hard and professional work of my team, the National Civil Register system has been launched since November 2008 and the deployment of Address system is ongoing and foreseen to be functional by the end of this year. The National Civil Register system is online linked to 700 hundred Civil Status and identity documents enrollment/delivery offices.

On the other hand, I am MoI representative – Project Manager of “Production and Issuance of biometric identity documents in Albania”- a concessionary contract between Ministry of interior of the Republic of Albania and Consortium Safran Morpho and Albanian American Enterprise Fund” (modified), Ministry of Interior is the Goverment Institution which is the Issuing Authority for Albanian documents: ID card/biometric passport.

It’s important to highlight my previous 8 years experience:

• In Albanian Mobile Communication Company and Insurance Healthcare Institute as an IT Manager

• The experience with I F E S (International Foundation for Election System) on the Election Project in collaboration with Central Election Committee (CEC), as an IT Consultant


In the early 1990s, ending 46 years of Communist rule, Albania established a multiparty democracy and is currently undergoing the difficult transition to a more modern open-market economy.

Albania is committed to joining the EU – it submitted its application for EU membership on 28 April 2009 – and therefore is in the process of undertaking the necessary reforms required to be compliant with European standards. The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the country was signed on 12 June 2006 and entered into force on 1 April 2009.

In January 2009 the Government approved the new Inter-sector Strategy for Development of Information Society (ISSDIS), which foresees the use of information technologies in public administration activities as a tool of good governance, enhancing efficiency and transparency in government activities and information/service delivery to the public. Furthermore, one of the main objectives of the Government’s political program for the period 2009-2013 is Albania in the Digital Age, which aims at introducing fundamental reforms in the ICT sector.

Through a concessionary contract between Ministry of interior of the Republic of Albania and Consortium Safran Morpho and Albanian American Enterprise Fund” it was supplied to Albania a complete secure ID document production system, based on its latest-generation Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Citizens of the Republic of Albania have now an identification solution approved by all countries, the European Union and international institutions.

The production and distribution concession, created for the realization of this project, called on powerful technologies applied to the nation-wide management of databases.

Key features:

• 410 enrolment stations across the country

• 3 laser personalization systems for a throughput of 6,000 e-Passports per day

• 2 laser personalization systems for a throughput of 15,000 ID Cards per day

• 700,000 e-passports per year

• 3,200,000 ID Card over 5 years


Speaking on November 4

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