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Govt picks French company to print e-passports

Kathmandu, October 21

The government has selected a French company to print e-passports (electronic machine-readable travel documents).

IDEMIA Identity and Security France SAS has been chosen as it bid the lowest amount (USD 21.1 million) for the procurement of security printing, supply and delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of equipment and personalisation of the passports, the Department of Passports informs in a notice on Wednesday.

Earlier, this company had been unable to submit all required documents for the bidding.

Before this, the department had cancelled bidding procedures for the printing of e-passports twice.

The department’s director Rajendra Pandey says the company has been called to contact the department within seven days for the contract, warning the second lowest bidder will be contacted otherwise.

“There is no time to delay the procedure to print e-passports now.”

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