Kampala – E-Passports, driving licenses and other security documents will soon be produced within the country, according to a plan by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
In a phone conversation, Winstone Katushabe, the commissioner for Transport Regulation and Safety in the Ministry of Works and Transport, revealed that the plan was in motion to effect the production of these documents in Uganda.
“Once the Uganda Security Printing Company-(USPC) factory in Entebbe is complete, all the security documents will be locally produced,” said Commissioner Katushabe.
The commissioner announced this at a function to assess USPCs performance since it started its operations in Uganda, a year ago.
USPC is a joint venture between the state-owned Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation and Veridos GmbH, a German firm established to run the Uganda Driver Licensing System.
It produces and issues secure, world-class computerized driving licenses. It is also responsible for the issuance of e-passports.
Lavrent von Buren, USPC’s Finance Director, says that the production line will cost UGX41 billion and the construction work is expected to start a few weeks from now.
He adds that in the first eight months, they expect to have completed two production lines, one for security plastics like driving licenses, and national identity cards and another for paper with security codes like passports.