Somalia seeks to issue identification for citizens

Published: 3/Jul/2018
Source: Xinhua

MOGADISHU, July 3 (Xinhua) — Somalia has kicked off a new program aimed at providing identification for all Somalis, a government official said on Tuesday.

Nur Dirie Hersi Fursade, Chief Strategist in the Office of the President of Somalia and Head the Digital ID Program, said the Somali National Identity Program, the first of its kind for the Horn of Africa nation, will attempt to implement a foundational identification system based on biometric data.

“The Somali government is rapidly developing governance structures that will be able to respond to citizen needs,” Fursade said in a statement issued after holding a meeting with senior World Bank officials and development partners to brief them on a new government-led program.

He said the National ID systems designed to be the nucleus of a new national identification infrastructure and will act an entry point for service delivery for Somali authorities, civil society, development partners and the private sector.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Somalia
Year: 2019