Semlex angles for biometric passport contract
The Belgian company Semlex has activated its contacts, particularly at the foreign ministry, in the hope of winning the tender call ahead of nine other firms.
Under threat of losing its Coca-Cola bottling licence in Madagascar, French group Castel has suffered another setback in West Africa by seeing its lucrative partnership with the African Football Confederation snatched by a competitor ahead of the 33rd African Cup of Nations.
Biometric identification is booming across African countries where governments have issued licences for identification document and electoral card production. For the moment this high-growth market is dominated by French, German and Belgian firms - Thales, Idemia, Veridos, Zetes and Semlex - but dynamic outsiders, such as Augentic, are beginning to nudge their way in.
One of the tasks of the new Congolese government is to seal a deal with the state-owned French firm over the installation of a multi-document platform that can print the country's biometric passports and identity cards and may later produce biometric driving licences.