Somalia begins issuing new biometric digital ID developed with NADRA’s help

Published: 18/Sep/2023
Source: Biometric Update

By Masha Barak

Somalia has launched its own biometric identity card system with the head of the government expressing hope it will help its citizens overcome a “myriad socioeconomic challenges” as the country struggles with terrorist groups.

During the launch of the ID on Saturday in the capital of Mogadishu, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre said that introducing a national ID would help combat security threats, terrorism and identity fraud. The country is currently struggling to contain al-Shabab militants in central Somalia.

“This system will boost our businesses and economy, our banks, communication and Hawala money transfer systems. It will strictly deal with terror networks and the fight against extremism,” Barre says.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Somalia
Year: 2023