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JAMAICA | Cabinet Approves Contract for NIDS Solution

National Identification System (NIDS) National Identification System (NIDS)
KINGSTON,  Jamaica, Aprtil 5, 2019 - The Cabinet of Jamaica has approved a contract valued at US$31,778,158.58 to the consortium led by local company Productive Business Solutions (PBS), for the provision of Data Centre Hardware, Software, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and the National Identification System (NIDS) solution to be implemented over five years.

The procurement process commenced on April 25, 2017, with the publication of a request for proposals locally and internationally. During the process, 76 suppliers downloaded the request for proposals. Subsequently, five (5) consortiums submitted bids.

After the first evaluation, three (3) consortiums Productive Business Solutions (PBS), Safran (IDEMIA), and NEC de México were deemed eligible for Stage Two (2), which commenced on April 11, 2018, and ended on October 31, 2018.

The consortium led by PBS received the highest ranking score followed by IDEMIA and NEC de México. PBS was invited to the contract negotiations stage on November 6, 2018, after which the negotiation, minutes and the contract were submitted to the Inter-American Development Bank and the National Contracts Commission (NCC) for approval. Following the NCC’s approval on February 28, 2019, the Cabinet reviewed and approved the submission on March 11, 2019.

Funding from the Inter-American Development Bank has been used to finance the NIDS. The IDB has also provided technical advice and fiduciary oversight for the project.

The Project Executing Unit (PEU) has commissioned and received a detailed due diligence report from a specialised company on the approved vendor. The report found no major adverse risk. The PEU is aware that the outcome of the Court case may influence the implementation of the NIDS and has since placed on hold the components of the solution that could be impacted by the Court judgement.

In the interim, the project will continue with the GoJ Data Centre upgrade and the improvement of the Civil Registry.

Implementation of the NIDS is slated to begin in 2020 in two phases; a pilot phase and the national rollout phase.


  • Countries: Jamaica

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