UAE eyes partnership to produce ID cards
Abu Dhabi, September 15, 2011
UAE’s Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID), an independent federal body, recently held discussions with a leading German company on co-operation in manufacturing and supplying raw ID card materials.
Bundesdruckerei is one of the leading participants in the tender launched recently by Emirates ID for supplying ID cards and manufacturing them locally.
Emirates ID is looking at reducing operating costs, particularly due to the increasing daily production of printed ID cards.
According to preliminary estimates, the initiative is slated to save Dh100 million ($27.2 million) over the coming five years and create tens of new job opportunities for UAE nationals.
The state-owned Bundesdruckerei was established in 1763 and specialises in producing security documents such as ID cards, passports and driving licenses for several countries.
The company, which also supplies passports and new e-Passport in the UAE, is regarded as the world's largest producer of banknotes.
Meanwhile, Emirates ID has reviewed the experience of European countries in interoperability, which allows automated systems in European Union member states to interact and share data electronically and work together without the users of these systems having to put in any extra effort to get the service from these systems.
This was announced during a meeting held recently with an official European delegation at the Emirates ID headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The meeting, which was chaired by Dr Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, director general of the Authority, reviewed the rules and regulations issued recently by the European Union as regards electronic identity and electronic verification.
The meeting aimed at learning from the European experience for implementing similar projects that are currently being developed at the UAE and GCC levels to introduce smart ID cards and applications. – TradeArabia News Service