IDEA Project: Reques For Information (RFI)
1. The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) will be issuing over a period of five
years ISO ID-1/CR-80 size, laser-engraved, polycarbonate-based or equivalent high-
security identification cards to 90-95 million voters presently registered in a Voter
Registration Database. Thereafter and for the foreseeable future the BEC will need to
issue approximately 5-10 million cards per year for new voters and card replacements.
2. The National ID-Card will be the official identification mechanism for all
citizenship-based transactions between government and the public and it is expected that
it will also be increasingly used for all transactions in society where positive identity
verification is required. Consequently the configuration, issuance, distribution, and
replacement of ID cards must be done at the highest level of transparency, quality,
reliability and security, while ensuring appropriate privacy and confidentiality
3. As in other countries, this requires a strategic framework of governance,
institutions, resources and technology which in Bangladesh is being put in place as
1. The recent National Identity Registration Act of 2010 already provides the basic
legal and institutional elements of the framework, the latter through the creation
of the National ID Wing (NIDW) under the BEC organization.
2. On financial grounds a tentative decision has been made that the initial bulk
production and distribution of cards will be financed entirely by the government
and that user charges will only apply during a second phase of regular new
production and replacement of cards.
3. Under the Preparation of Electoral Roll with Photographs (PERP) Project, the
BEC, in cooperation with the UNDP, is creating centralized facilities and systems
o A highly reliable and accurate data base of 85 million voters, 18 years or
o The applications systems to manage this data base and to provide for its
ongoing maintenance and expansion through decentralized, country-wide
new voter enrolment.
o An information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure
consisting of a wide area network and specialized workstations in over
600 administrative units nationwide.
o State-of-the-art data centre, network operations control and disaster
4. In accordance with a National ID Master Plan being developed, the BEC is
considering a managed service contract with an experienced card production
vendor as the preferred option for management of the entire life-cycle of ID Cards,
from raw material sourcing to card replacement and disposal. As presently
envisioned, the general vendor responsibilities under such contract would involve
(i) design supply, installation and commissioning of a card production facility; (ii)
initial production and distribution of 85 million cards; (iii) ongoing production of
approximately 8 million cards per year for a period of time, (iv) transfer of
knowledge for long-term operation of the facility to a local organization.
The BEC is interested in considering not only alternative public-private
partnership arrangements but different managed service contract designs to
maximize efficiency, reliability and economy of the card production and life-
cycle management process.
5. The same Master Plan has tentatively proposed the following physical, functional
and procedural requirements:
The new national ID cards shall the following features
• Be able to last at least 10 years under normal low intensity usage by the
• Be ISO ID-1/CR-80 size
Be of Polycarbonate and shall be laser engraved
In addition, the new ID cards may include the following:
• Have the following security features to deter counterfeiting:
Color changing Guilloches and patterns – preprinted
Changeable Laser Image – personalization
2D Barcode in PDF417 format storing 1 or 2 kb of data–
Light photo background – preprinted
Tactile Laser Effect – personalization
Ghost Image - personalization
Microtext – preprinted
UV printing – preprinted
The Card Production Centre shall:
• Operate under an ISO/IEC 27001: 2005 or equivalent information security
management system, including for all supply chain management and card
• Procure all blank cards pre-printed with the non-variable information
• Provide centralised printing of all national ID cards
• Have high speed network connected to the Data Centre and DR site
• Have a network of efficient card printers configured with staging server
and scheduling of card production operations
• Have adequate quality assurance and control on rejected ID cards
• Implement routine check on blank cards received and disposed – subject
to independent audit.
• Provide regular transportation arrangement to distribute printed ID cards
to all election offices in the country.
• Obtain ISO 9001 certification upon completion of a pilot phase of
operations and prior to the bulk production of cards.
Request for Information
4. The Bangladesh Election Commission is therefore issuing this Request for
Information (RFI) to gather opinions and information from the industry on options,
standards, production models, technologies, contracting alternatives and indicative costs
for production, distribution and replacement of citizen identification cards.
5. On the basis of careful consideration of responses received to this RFI and of
advantages/disadvantages of the various options presented, the BEC intends to make a
final procurement strategy decision, whether in the form of an open or a limited
international competitive bidding process. Similarly, on the basis of information
received, the BEC will determine a range of required financing for the project, to be
provided jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and international development
6. While the BEC is interested in industry advice on any and all aspects bearing
importance to the card issuance project, it is particularly interested in industry’s
international experience, customary commercial practices and indicative prices or price
1. Production and distribution of ID cards under a partnership model with vendor
bearing the investment and operational costs and risks and government paying a
per-card fee, subject to a SLA.
2. Production and distribution of ID cards under a managed services contract with
vendor taking responsibility for the design, procurement, building, operational
testing, commissioning and operation of the card production and distribution facilities and processes, and government providing financing for all investment
costs and paying a per card fee for card production and distribution under a SLA.
3. Contingency arrangement to guarantee uninterrupted card production under
government control in case of disaster or contract default or cancellation under
either of the two arrangements above.
4. Assignment of intellectual property rights or perpetual licensing rights that ensure
Government’s right to continue regular card production and operation of the
facility under any form of contract termination.
5. Transfer of knowledge to a designated government or private organization
sufficient to operate the card production facility past the bulk production period.
6. Indicative cost impact of various card security features as mentioned under para 5
7. Considerations with respect to the location of the card production facility.
8. Design characteristics of a building to house the card center and issues with
respect to collocation of the production and personalization facilities?
9. International standards required for the id card itself or its lifecycle management
10. ISO 27001/ISO 9001 certification for the card production center prior to bulk
7. The BEC would appreciate your responding to this RFI in writing by August 3,
2010. Please send your responses to Brig. General Akhtaruzzaman Siddique, NPD,
PERP & Proposed PD, IDEA Project, Election Commission Secretariat, Sher-e-Bangla
Nagar, Dhaka-1207, Tel: 8153195, Fax: 8153005 Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Indicative prices or price ranges are being sought for general information
purposes only and they will not be binding upon you or the BEC under any future
solicitation or contracting agreement.
9. If in addition to your written submission you would want to make a live
presentation this could take place during August 4 and 5, 2010 at BEC’s offices in Dhaka
(Conference Room, PERP project office (6th
floor), Islamic Foundation Building,
Agargaon, Dhaka). The presentation would be of a public character and be attended by
GoB officials, ECS officials and staff from GoB’s international cooperation partners
involved in the project.