Nepali announces Machine Readable Passport bid invite

17:12, May 17, 2010      

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has unveiled a global tender document to adopt the Machine Readable Passport (MRP), The Kathmandu Post reported on Monday.

Advertisement in this regard will be published in two government-owned newspapers on Monday as well as other international platforms later.

It has not barred any country from taking part in the new tender process. "The tender is open to international security printing companies of all countries," it read.

Foreign Secretary Madan Kumar Bhattarai confirmed the move. Interested countries, parties have 45 days to submit their applications.

"Estimated at 6-7 U.S. dollars per copy, the MRP tender is more relaxed in terms of many provisions compared with the earlier pre- qualification," the official said. The selected company should provide the MRP to Nepal by November 2015.

Companies wanting to apply for the tender procedure should have experience of distributing MRPs in at least two countries.

Source: Xinhua
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