MRP tender goes to France’s Oberthur Technologies

The government has decided to award France-based firm Oberthur Technologies to print multi-million dollar machine-readable passports (MRP).

The firm has been given a week´s time to come to sign agreement with the government.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a press conference on Tuesday.

Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and high quality services ensure Oberthur Technologies’ strong positioning in its main target markets:

  • International player for the manufacture and personalization of secure identity documents such as passport, identity card, driving license or health care card – traditional and electronic – and associated services for both governmental and corporate markets.
  • One of the world’s leading providers of security and identification based on smart card technology and associated services for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence markets.
  • World leader in security printing and specialized in the production of banknotes, checks and other fiduciary documents in more than fifty countries.
  • World leader in the emerging market of intelligent systems to secure cash-in-transit and ATM.

Oberthur Technologies is required to supply the first lot of passports — 400,000 — within 70 days of signing of the agreement. The firm bid the lowest price, each MRP at US $3.59, among those who had bid for the deal.

Four international security printing firms submitted bids at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for the multi-million dollar machine readable passport project on July 1, when a 45-day deadline for filing the applications expired.

Besides, Oberthur, the other firms that vied for the project were Singapore-based 3M Technology, Indonesian government-owned Perum Peruri and UK-based De La Rue.

Among the four firms, the French have offered to supply machine readable passports at a cost of US$ 3.5 per booklet, the lowest offer.

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