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The government will announce the winner of an international tender process for a system to produce identity documents and travel documents and visas in a public ceremony later this month.
Since October 2009, when the biometric system was introduced, Mozambican identity documents have been provided by SEMLEX, whose service contract has now come to an end.
The tender for the selection of a new provider was launched by the Ministry of the Interior last May. SEMLEX was also able to compete for the renewal of its contract, and all tenders submitted are accompanied by a provisional guarantee of 108 million meticais.
In addition to producing identity cards, passports, residence permit and visas, the new company will provide a national migration management system at more than 100 Mozambique border crossing points.
In response to an increased need for security, particularly since the September 11 2001 attacks in New York, many countries have adopted biometric passports as more reliable and difficult to counterfeit.