Category Archives: Projects

Philippines – It’s time to adopt a unified national ID system

By | June 19, 2017

AMIDST the crisis that the country is now facing in Mindanao, we want to spend time today to discuss the great importance for the Philippines to make a supreme decision to adopt and implement a unified national ID system. This has risen in importance in part because of the confirmed news that there are now in the country… Read More »

Philippines – National ID system to spell success of tax safety nets for poor Filipinos

By | June 17, 2017

MANILA, June 17 — The government is bent on issuing national identification (ID) cards to all Filipinos that will also serve as social welfare cards to ensure the effective and targeted implementation of its social safety nets for the poorest families under the proposed Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), the Department of Finance (DOF) said. According to… Read More »

Philippines – Again, a national ID

By | June 17, 2017

The idea has been tossed around for years, with proponents caving in to resistance from various quarters. Now it looks like the Duterte administration will finally push through with the implementation of a national identification system, with the initial purpose of streamlining tax collection. In previous administrations, the implementation of a national ID was pushed mostly for security… Read More »

Malawi – Minister requests NICE to help clear misconceptions over national identity cards

By | June 17, 2017

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama this week requested the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) to assist to clear misconceptions over the issuance of national identity cards, which some people are saying are meant for destruction. Speaking when she visited some registration centres in Nkhotakota on Wednesday, Chazama said it was sad to… Read More »

India – AXIS BANK, KMRL Launch KOCHI1 Card For Commuters

By | June 17, 2017

Kochi: Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card, India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.  Axis Bank has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in… Read More »

Philippines – National ID system to spell success of tax safety nets for poor Filipinos

By | June 16, 2017

MANILA, June 16 – The government is bent on issuing national identification (ID) cards that will also serve as social welfare cards to ensure the effective and targeted implementation of its social safety nets for the poorest Filipino families under the proposed Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), the Department of Finance (DOF) said. According to DOF… Read More »

Philippines – DOF pushes national ID system for 105-M Filiponos

By | June 16, 2017

To ensure that only poor families to be impacted by higher prices as a result of comprehensive tax reform will benefit from the proposed subsidies, the government plans to issue national identification (ID) cards to 105 million Filipinos, the Department of Finance said Friday. As such, the DOF urged Congress to pass into law putting in place a national ID… Read More »

Philippines – BSP sets June 2018 deadline for banks’ shift to EMV technology

By | June 15, 2017

BANKS have roughly a year left to complete the shift to chip-based cards, as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) tightened rules to prod financial firms to adopt the more secure platform for its clients.   In a statement, the BSP gave Philippine banks a June 30, 2018 deadline to fully adopt the Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV) technology,… Read More »

Uganda – Government runs short of ordinary passports

By | June 14, 2017

The Uganda passport is one of the internationally legally recognised travel documents and owning one is  enshrined  as right in  the constitution but from 14th June to early August, only a  few Ugandans applying  for this document will be able to get one. Government has announced that it has run short of ordinary passports and will now start… Read More »

Jamaica – National ID system a priority for government

By | June 14, 2017

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. He said the system will have a “positive transformational effect” on the country and serve to improve the lives of Jamaicans. “It will support the ease of doing business by impacting positively on security-related programmes, while promoting financial and… Read More »

Ghana – NIA to issue ‘instant’ National ID card from Sept. 15

By | June 13, 2017

  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the National Identification Authority (NIA), will issue the first of the proposed Ghana National Identity Card on September 15, 2017. According to Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, Executive Secretary of the NIA, persons living in areas with good internet coverage will get their cards within 10 minutes of filling the appropriate forms, while those… Read More »

Pakistan – Askari Bank, UnionPay sign agreement for debit card issuance

By | June 13, 2017

BEIJING: Askari Bank Limited (AKBL) and UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment schemes, has entered into an agreement to issue UnionPay QuickPass (NFC) and EMV Chip Cards in Pakistan.  The initiative will allow AKBL customers to enjoy convenience of contactless payments ‘TAP & GO’ while keeping the payments safe and secure.  The agreement would allow AKBL… Read More »

Azerbaijan – Payment for public transport to be further simplified

By | June 13, 2017

Salary cards [plastic cards] can be used for paying for public transport in Baku, said Mais Aghayev, the head of the Public Relations Department of Baku Transport Agency. “It’s early to talk specifically about the time frame of implementation of the project, in view of the fact that there are certain nuances that need to be addressed. We… Read More »

Visa to Roll Out Cashless Experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

By | June 13, 2017

Visa upgrades fan experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and debuts the latest payment technologies for fans in Russia. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Visa (NYSE:V), the Official Payment Service Partner of FIFA, today announced that football fans attending the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 will have a front row seat to enhanced payment experiences at official FIFA stadiums. Visa is implementing 1,600… Read More »

New Zim Passport “To Auto-Correct Ndebele Names,” says Govt

By | June 13, 2017

The government says it is unveiling a new passport which will help auto correct misspelt Ndebele names. Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede announced the new passport at a function held in Harare over the weekend. Mudede stated that the new passport will also clear the long standing complaint of misspelt IsiNdebele words on the current passport. The misspellings have… Read More »

Ukrainians residing in occupied Donbas, Crimea will get biometric passports after additional vetting

By | June 13, 2017

Ukrainian citizens residing in Russian-occupied Donbas and Crimea will be able to receive Ukrainian biometric passports after additional vetting, Press Secretary of the state-run Dokument enterprise Volodymyr Polischuk has said. “To obtain biometric passports, citizens whose residence registration is in the occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea will have to provide additional documents for identification,” he said on… Read More »

Philippines – EMV-delayed banks must set aside funds to cover losses

By | June 13, 2017

BANKS that are not yet Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV)-compliant will soon have to aside provisions to cover any operational loss that may be incurred for not having a more secure chip-based technology, the central bank said. EMV is the global standard for chip-based credit and debit card transactions that are supposedly more difficult for fraudsters to hack into,… Read More »

Swedish railway uses microchip implants

By | June 12, 2017

Sweden’s state-owned rail operator SJ is allowing passengers to use microchip implants rather than conventional tickets.  The idea is currently being trialed just among some SJ members. It means all they need to travel is their left hand and the small microchip implanted in it. Authorities believe implanting the microchip will make the train journey more convenient. SJ… Read More »

NGO To Israeli High Court: Block State From Public Biometric Campaign

By | June 11, 2017

An NGO asked the Israeli High Court of Justice to block the state from a public campaign it kicked-off earlier Sunday to convince the general public to sign up for smart card-identification and the country’s biometric database. The NGO, the Digital Rights Movement (DRM), asserted that the campaign is designed to fool the public into signing up for all… Read More »

India – Kochi-One smart card to be launched on June 17

By | June 11, 2017

The much awaited multi-purpose Kochi-One smart card for commuters will be launched during the inaugural function of the Metro project on June 17. The passengers can use the co-branded cards for taking various modes of transport including private buses, boats and also for mercantile and internet transactions. It can be linked to any bank account of the user… Read More »