Somalia launching foundational biometric identity program

Published: 10/Jul/2018
Source: Biometric Update

By Chris Burt

Somalian government officials met recently with officials from the World Bank, USAID, and other development partners to discuss the progress of the Somali National Identity Program, Radio Dalsan reports. The program aims to provide a foundational identification system for delivery of services by the Somalian government, civil society, development partners, and the private sector based on biometrics.

Dr. Nur Dirie Hersi Fursade, Chief Strategists in the Office of the President of Somalia, said that his office plans to establish a new federal agency to manage the new identification system. He also provided further information about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently signed between the government and Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which brings experience in implementing ID software for use in rural areas and in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Somalia
Year: 2018