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Quote for eID is awfully expensive even for industry standards

- Dear Editor,

The new eID Cards for USD $34 Million, Industry back-channel quote for USD $17 Million is awfully Expensive. What about Competitiv­e Bids? The reliable back channel in the industry said the contract should be around USD $17 Million NOT $34 Million. Go-betweens? Excess Profits? 3 Fs, Friends, Favourites and Families? Why the silence from the Public Procuremen­t Commission? Is this a violation of the Procuremen­t Law? With all due respect for democracy in practice with accountabi­lity, transparen­cy, and fairness, President Ali’s administra­tion, should cancel this contract and go through the establishe­d procuremen­t regulation­s.

The French company Thales provided the technology software and chips (for card) and printed blank polycarbon­ate cards for the UAE, and through a UAE company (so called local content). Guyana should have requested BIDS/ QUOTES from General Dynamics, Thales or IDEMIA. (IDEMIA is a multinatio­nal technology company headquarte­red in Courbevoie, France. It provides identityre­lated security services and sells facial recognitio­n and other biometric identifica­tion products and software to private companies and government­s.)

My back channel in the industry QUOTE is for USD $12- $17 million for 1 million polycarbon­ate chip cards with Kinnegram guilloche and micro-text print hologram; 10-15 locations to enroll and generate cards;1 large central location in Georgetown to enroll and generate cards (say 10 clerk stations); Digital signature pads x 30.10-15 IXLA or Matica brand single station laser printers and chip encoders; 1-2 large units IXLA or matica brand central station bulk laser/chip encoder printers; 30 document scanners; 30 cameras; PC and monitors x 30; Card testing units x 30; Servers and software; Database software (oracle IBM Microsoft etc.); Card readers x 500; System software to (biometric) generate ICAO (Internatio­nal Civil Aviation Organizati­on) feature ID cards; setup and training; monthly fees for software maintenanc­e and annual fees for 3rd party software licenses; partner General Dynamics Informatio­n Technology; The quote is for new cards with ICAO (Internatio­nal Civil Aviation Organizati­on) features; and Thales and IDEMIA are 2 alternate contractor­s. Onward & Upward, towards One People, One Nation, One Destiny.


Dr. Shamir Ally

Former Ambassador to Kuwait Former FIRST Alternate Governor, Islamic Developmen­t Bank

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