In a statement Home Affairs Public Relations Officer Nephas Chifuta has dispelled rumours that a company had already been picked to produce passports.
TENDER FOR MIGRATION FROM MACHINE READABLE TO E-PASSPORT
The Ministry of Home Affairs wishes to inform the general public that in order to improve security and conform to the international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard, Government is migrating from machine readable to electronic passports.
In line with this decision, a tender for technical and financial proposals for the e-passport production through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) has been floated. This tender seeks to solicit participation from all reputable companies with financial and technical capacity to facilitate migration from machine readable to e- passport.
The tender was floated in accordance with the Zambia Procurement regulations which guide and regulate all public procurement.
The Ministry wishes to disassociate itself from the soeculation and allegations circulating on social media relating to corruption surrounding this procurement and that this tender has already been awarded to a Belgian company as false, malicious and unfounded, and therefore, to be treated as mere speculations.
Arising from that, the Ministry urges all interested companies to respond to the solicitation before the due date for possible consideration.
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs.
29th August, 2018