Civil registry to name winner of new ID card, passport tender within 2 months

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chile's civil registry will announce the winning tender to modernize the country's national ID card and passport systems within 60 days, local newspaper Diario Financiero reported.

In July 2010, Spanish IT firm Indra was chosen but later disqualified for the tender because it failed to submit the required guarantee on time to be eligible for the US$385mn contract.

"The civil registry is doing what the public procurement tribunal dictated. The tribunal did not reject the quality of the technical or administrative bases, and said that we can continue with the bidding process," registry director Rodrigo Durán said.

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According to Durán, the tender seeks to implement electronic ID and passport technology to reduce security breaches.

In June, the public procurement tribunal determined that the original tender won by Indra was "illegal and arbitrary."

The court has allowed preliminary bidders Sice Agencia Chile, Bundesdruckerei GMBH, Sonda and Sagem Sécurité (now called Morpho) to take part in the new tender.