DAR ES SALAAM, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania has secured an 8 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 3.46 million U.S. dollars) state-of-the-art new printing plant to hasten production of national identification cards (IDs), the Minister for Home Affairs, George Simbachawene, said on Thursday.
"The new printing plant will have capacity to produce 9,000 IDs an hour against the current production of 500 IDs an hour," Simbachawene told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.
He said the new plant will start production of the IDs after completion of its installment at the end of this month.
The official said money for the purchase of the printing plant was released by President John Magufuli to hasten production of the IDs for all Tanzanians, a process that will take about two years to complete.
Simbachawene said the government had projected to provide IDs to 27.7 million Tanzanians by 2021 but that projection could not be realized due to slow pace of production.
He said by March 27, 2020 more than 21.8 million people had applied for the national IDs but only six million were given the cards. Enditem