The official launch of the new National Identification Cards system was held on Tuesday,August 9 2016 at the national center for the production of identity Securities in Yaounde.The launch was chaired by the secretary general to the presidency of Cameroon, Mr Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh. The new identification system was authorized in two decrees signed by the Cameroonian president on 4th, August 2016.
One updating the characteristics and issuance of the National Identity Card, and the other on the organization of the functions of the National Centers of identification.
Minister Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh lauded the system, calling it a means to counter the falsification of documents.
The new sytem will help the General Delegation for National Security to produce crime statistics and trace records of suspects.
Another of its exceptional features is the possibility of the two machines set up to produce up to about 600 identity cards per hour.
According to GEMALTO, the company charged with producing the project, the cards are polycarbonate and include the use of advanced technology and software; a system they say many countries are highly solliciting.
After the Yaounde centre for production situated around the Police Medical Centre, an annex centre will be created in Garoua and then 50 mobile posts will be created all over the country before the end of 2016.
In the meantime, the old National Identity Cards will remain in use till they expire.