Republic of Cameroon will modernise its biometric passport with the support of INCM and AUGENTIC
Republic of Cameroon will modernise its biometric passport with the support of INCM and AUGENTIC

INCM, in partnership with AUGENTIC, will support the Republic of Cameroon in modernising its biometric passport and its issuing process

September 28, 2020

The consortium between the INCM - the Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office - and the German company AUGENTIC GmbH has been the chosen proposal to support the Republic of Cameroon in modernising the biometric passport and its issuing process. The contract derives from an investment of EUR 20 million, for the first stage, in information technology and booklets.

At a time when reindustrialisation is increasingly identified as one of the solutions to reduce the impact of the economic crisis, INCM concludes a 10-year contract with the Republic of Cameroon through a Portuguese-German consortium between INCM and the company AUGENTIC GmbH whose proposal was selected to support the Republic of Cameroon in modernising the biometric passport and its issuing process.This achievement of INCM, a reference in the provision of high-end identity solutions and high security assistance, reinforces its position in the modernisation of the public sector of other geographies, pursuing its latest strategy for exporting national expertise, in which it already has a relevant presence in more than 10 countries on four continents.

The implementation of the electronic passport programme in the Republic of Cameroon will cover the entire process of issuing travel documents, thus ensuring the highest levels of security, privacy and convenience for its citizens.In addition, the comprehensive transfer of technology and empowerment in Cameroon is also planned, supported by the confirmed experience of INCM in other e-Government implementations at national and international level.

The 10-year contract was signed on last 17th in Yaoundé between Martin Mbarga Nguele, the Delegate General for National Security, and Labinot Carreti, CEO of AUGENTIC and representing the consortium with INCM.

Gonçalo Caseiro, Chairman of INCM’s Board of Directors, stresses that "this contract represents, for INCM, an important step in the export of state-of-the-art goods and technology, corresponding in itself to an increase of 5% in the annual volume of sales.This is only possible by combining two factors that have been fundamental in the History of this institution: the continuous modernisation of the company and its infrastructure and its human resources.Portugal pioneered this product when, in 2006, it was one of the first countries in the world to implement the biometric passport, one of the most emblematic Simplex measures of that time.Today we dominate the value chain, largely due to the rapprochement with the academy in Portugal that allows us to work with the country’s most respected researchers and to our top of the world-engineering. Putting this "arsenal" at the service of other countries, such as the Republic of Cameroon, is not only a reason for pride but also a mission of this institution”.

The Project includes three phases, fully funded by the INCM-AUGENTIC partnership in the conception model Build, Operate & Transfer. In the first phase, the entire infrastructure for issuing new passports will be created, with a registration and customisation centre and a state-of-the-art data centre in Yaoundé, a modern citizen registration centre in Douala, the renovation or construction of eight other regional centres, as well as various posts in major embassies and consulates around the world.The configuration of state-of-the-art systems, as well as training for operators and engineers in the country, are also planned at this stage.

The next phase will create new jobs in the area of high technology, and an optimised logistical system will also be established to allow the issuance of biometric passports in the country in less than 48 hours.The issuing system will also allow immediate reports and statistics to be made available for the Cameroon Public Security Office.Finally, at the end of the contract, the transfer phase of the entire solution to the national authorities is contemplated, thus completing this structuring project of national empowerment.

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