Government of Uganda signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Veridos GmBH of Germany to form the Uganda Security Printing Company (USPC) Ltd that will be responsible for the supply of all Gov’t security docs; Passports, National IDs & Driving Licences, among others.
In a communique which Africa Tembelea has seen, Works and Transport Minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala notes that government of Uganda owns 51% while Veridos owns 49% of the shares in the company.
According to Wamala, the contract for the current service provider (Face Technologies) for the issuance of driving licences ended last year in May 2020 but was extended to 28th February 2021 to give the incoming service provider (USPC) sufficient time to prepare for the takeover given the #COVID19 challenges.
“@MoWT_Uganda [Ministry of Works & Transport] signed a contract with USPC on 15th October 2020 for the design, production and issuance of driving licences,” Gen Katumba said in a tweet.
“…the software including all its source code and licences are a property of the government of Uganda,” he added.
He revealed that in the past three months, customers upcountry have not been served at their convenience as the driving licence issuance offices were closed to give the incoming service provider USPC time to refurbish the offices and also install the new system.
According to Works Minister Wamala, the new driving licence card design has taken into consideration all the ISO requirements and the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) which aims at having a harmonised card for the three regional blocks of East African Community (EAC), SADC and COMESA.
“Drivers with the new card will be able to drive through any of the member countries with less restrictions,” Gen Katumba said, adding that “One of the major ISO requirements is an Issuers’ Identification Number (IIN) to identify the document’s Issuing Authority as @MoWT_Uganda, for our case.”
The Minister also noted that in conjunction with UNBS, the Works and Transport Ministry applied for and was issued with an IIN (63893000) by the American Bankers’ Association in January 2021.
“It is worthy to note that Uganda is currently the only country complying with this requirement in the East and South African region,” he said.