Uganda and a German-based investment company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the two sides will undertake jointly the printing of all security documents, such as passports, identification cards and government security documents, among others, within Uganda.
The signing ceremony took place yesterday during a meeting at State House, Entebbe, between the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) the German company, Veridos GMBH.
The MoU was signed by Hon. Bahati David, outgoing State Minister for Planning while the Vice-President for Sales in Africa for Veridos GMBH, Mr. Thomas Morian along with the company’s Director for Technical Sales, Mr. Aweke Lemma signed on behalf of Veridos GMBH.
President Museveni witnessed the signing of the MoU as well as the Solicitor General, Mr. Francis Atoke.
In his remarks, the President said that the operationalization of the MoU will make Uganda liberate herself from what he termed “the slavery of importing all security documents such as passports, identification cards, government security documents among others”.
“We want passports to be printed in Uganda so that our people can get jobs. We can use machines that use more manpower. These machines should be modular in a way that when the printing demand goes high, more machines would be added,” he said.
President Museveni gave assurances that the Government of Uganda government of Uganda will work together with Veridos GMBH investors who will invest 50% in the venture while the Government of Uganda will also invest 50% into the undertaking with the sole aim of working to raise the living standard in the country.
UPPC expressed its desire to partner with Veridos GMBH purposely for the transformation of the partnership of the two sides as sole shareholders.
According to the MoU, the partnership is envisaged to house comprehensive security printing solutions.