MAPUTO. – The Mozambican government is expected to announce in the next few weeks the winner of an international tender for supply and installation of production systems for production of biometric identity documents, including identity cards, passports, residence permits, visas among others. The new company will also have the responsibility to provide a national migration management system for about 100 border crossing points across the country.
Since October 2009, when the government introduced biometric documents, production of identity documents has been provided by the Belgian company SEMLEX, whose contract is about to expired.
Therefore, on May 15 the Interior Ministry launched an international tender for the selection of a new provider for identification documents.
The tender was also opened to Mozambican companies with a proven capacity to take the job.
All bids had to be accompanied by a bank guarantee of about $1,8 million.
Five companies submitted their bids for the tender, which was opened in Maputo on Wednesday, reported the independent daily “O Pais”.
Muhlbauer Mozambique Lda and UAB Carsu Pasaulis are the two companies which are seen as potential winners.
The winner will replace Semlex, the current concessionaire of the services for production of identity documents. – Wires.