Congo’s troubled, lucrative biometric passport contract still open?

Published: 15/Jul/2022
Source: Biometric Update

By Jim Nash

It still is not known who, if anyone, has won a contract to make biometric passports for the Democratic People’s Republic of Congo.

The contract with Congo, a large, south-central African nation of 95 million people, could be lucrative, but Congo’s political currents and cross-currents make handicapping the winner tricky.

July 15 was to be the day a winner was chosen, but at deadline, no announcement had been made.

A gated analysis by Africa Intelligence indicates that Belgian firm Semlex will keep the biometric contract, which, except for five months last year, it has held since 2016. Semlex subsidiary Locosem has the contract now.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Democratic Republic of Congo
Year: 2022