The consortium made up of Sagem Défense Sécurité, m2m Group and Attijari capital risque was awarded the national program of electronic driving and vehicle registration licenses in Morocco. The agreement comes into force on February 18, 2007.

This large scale dematerialization project is set up to issue over 13 million cards. By opting for multi-applicative contactless smart cards, the Moroccan Ministry for Equipment and Transport (MET) aims to develop a strong activity of value added services by leveraging the functional openings offered by this advanced multi-applicative program. Applications such as "point-record driving licence", tracking driving offences, highway fees payment … will be developed around the driving licence card. The applications expected for the vehicle registration cards will cover applications supporting payment of taxes, vehicle inspection services, follow-up of violations to transport legislation …

Casablanca, March 28, 2007 - Under the presidency of the Moroccan prime minister, Mr Driss Jettou, the concession agreement was signed on Sunday 18 February, 2007 by the Finance minister, the equipment and transport minister and the representatives of the Franco-Moroccan consortium made up of Sagem Défense Sécurité, m2m group, and in which intervenes a large investment bank, ATTIJARI Capital Risk.

The consortium has created a Moroccan liability concessionary company called ASSIAQA CARD, held to 51% by the Moroccan shareholders and 49% by Sagem Défense Sécurité. ASSIAQA CARD is charged to manage the implementation, deployment, financing and maintenance of the new management system of electronic driving Licences and vehicles registration cards. The contacless smart cards will be supplied by Sagem Défense Sécurité and personalized locally in Morocco within processes that ensure the highest levels of security. The delivery of the new cards will begin within six months.

Aiming at reinforcing road safety, the new electronic documents will enable the Moroccan authorities to improve and modernize services delivered to citizens, while ensuring a rigorous track of the offences to road code and transport legislation. In the wake of this objective, a wide range of multiapplicative developments will be deployed; in particular applications such as "point-record driving licence", payment applications addressed to road users such as highways fees payment, insurance services, vehicle control services, tax payments …

"The m2m group and Sagem Défense Sécurité consortium proposal was considered to be better on both technical and financial levels" raises the Press Release published on January 26, 2007 by the Moroccan ministry of equipment and transport. "On the technical level, the system implementation strategies are differentiated by a higher level of commitments and quality in terms of the existing documents replacement strategy and the global equipment of the immatriculation centers, the personalization center, the central site and the back-up center, enhanced by the large multi-applicative openings offered by the system and which have for main goal to modernize public services and to create synergies between the sector operators: road transport firms, insurance companies, vehicle inspection centers, vehicle maintenance providers…" underlines the same press release.

The Concession was awarded to Sagem Défense Sécurité, m2m group and Attijari Capital Risque consortium following an international tender launched by the Moroccan Ministry of equipment and transport in 2006. The tender award was put public on Friday January 26, 2007, following a thorough study undertaken by an Interdepartmental Committee, bearing on the offers of the two tenderers shortlisted for the phase of alignment: the m2m group, Sagem Défense Sécurité and Attijari Capital Risk consortium and the Gemalto, hps and TÜV-SÜD consortium.

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About Sagem Défense Sécurité :
Sagem Défense Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields: navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control; optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics; and the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.
Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.
For further information: www.sagem-ds.com

About m2m group :
With more than 200 references in over 35 countries worldwide, m2m group is a leading international provider of e-transactions processing solutions.
Through its software products, consulting and system integration services and Outsourcing solutions, m2m group delivers world class solutions that help financial institutions, retailers, payment processors, governmental organizations, service providers and network operators reduce costs, eliminate fraud, improve process efficiency, maximize services delivery and increase profitability.
For further information: www.m2mgroup.com

About Attijari Capital Risque :
Attijari Capital Risque is a venture capital organization held by Attijari Invest, a capital investment-dedicated subsidiary of Attijariwafa bank.
Attijari Invest manages a M$450 funds portfolio through 4 main funds: the Moroccan Infrastructure Fund (90M$) designated to investments in the infrastructure sector, the Agram Invest (25 M$) dedicated to agro-industry, the Igrane fund (25M$) allocated to regional investments, and the Morocco Hopitality Fund (280 M$), which a fund specialized in tourism investments.
Attijari Capital Risque has accompanied diverse companies in a variety of sectors such as: Maroc Connect, Jet4You, Tanger Free Zone, Caractère group…

Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Responsable des relations presse
Tél : +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
e-mail : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com

m2m group
Amal ALAOUI
Tél : 00.212 22 43 53 20
e-mail : aalaoui@m2mgroup.com

Attijari Capital Risque
Nouredine AMRANI
Tél : 00.212 22 20 08 78
e-mail : no.amrani@attijariwafa.com