Cameroon hires biometric firm to facilitate ID card issuance within 48 hours


By Charity Nginyu

The General Delegation for National Security (DGSN) in Cameroon has embarked on a partnership with the German biometric firm, AUGENTIC in a bid to facilitate the issuance of documents within 48 hours.

Under the leadership of Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, the pivotal agreement was formalized at the police headquarters in Yaounde, the political capital of Cameroon.

The Chief Executive Officer of the said firm, Labinot Carreti reaffirmed the company’s commitment as he announced a substantial investment of 40,000,000 Euros (over 26 billion FCFA) to modernize and digitize the identification document production process.

Carreti emphasized the partnership’s Build Operation Transfer (BOT) nature, outlining plans for a phased investment approach to overhaul the entire system.

‘The value of the first phase of the investment is around 40 million euros,’ Carreti revealed, shedding light on the comprehensive scope of the project.

This includes the renovation of 219 p
roduction posts across the country and the establishment of 68 modern application centers. Additionally, an online pre-application system will be implemented to streamline the identification process for citizens and residents.

The new system, unlike reports circulated last year, will fully go operational by the end of the year 2024.

Source: Cameroon News Agency