Tag Archives: Africa

Zimbabwe: Fake ID Card Printing Ring Busted

By | June 14, 2017

Police have arrested people in Harare who were allegedly printing fake national identity documents and the suspects will appear in court soon. In a statement yesterday, the Registrar-General’s Office said the system was alert to any shenanigans. “The Registrar-General security got a tip off about criminals who are printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Ghana – Introduction of new driving license, discovery of massive fraud grab headlines

By | June 8, 2017

The introduction of new license for drivers and discovery of fraud at Ghana’s Youth Employment Agency (YEA) dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday.The Daily Graphic reports that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will from July 18 this year introduce a new biometric driving license as a measure to improve on the services rendered to… Read More »

Biometrics 101: A Brief History of Biometric National ID Cards in Liberia

By | June 6, 2017

n 2011, the Government of Liberia created the National Identification Registry, an autonomous agency that would be responsible for developing and administering a National Biometric Identification System for all citizens and residents of the Republic of Liberia. This is no small undertaking, but six years later, NBIS is almost a reality. About this time last year, the executive… Read More »

Burkina Faso awards Oberthur Technologies 15 bln CFA Francs contract

By | June 6, 2017

OUAGADOUGOU, June 29 (Xinhua) — Burkina Faso awarded Oberthur Technologies, French digital security company, over 3 million vehicle registration cards and driving licenses production contract valued over 15 billion CFA Francs in an international bid, official source on Wednesday said. Government Information Service (SIG) disclosed the agreement to that effect which has been signed in Paris by Burkina… Read More »

Malawi – MEC to use national IDs for 2019 elections; signs MOU with NRB and NICE Trust

By | June 1, 2017

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost) – The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Wednesday disclosed that it will use the National Identity Card (ID), which the National Registration Bureau (NRB), is currently processing, for the 2019 general elections. MEC went further and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NRB and National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), during a high-level meeting, held in… Read More »

African Spy Chiefs Set Deadline for Continental Passport

By | May 27, 2017

The Pan-African passport will come in three types of colors- the Red (diplomats) blue (civil servants) and green (ordinary) and each African country is expected to adopt the process of availing this travel document according to the new draft treaty which was endorsed in Kigali, this weekend. The CISSA Executive Secretary, Shimelis W. Semayat said that it is… Read More »

Malawi Govt rolls out mass ID registration; targets 9 million by end of December

By | May 25, 2017

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- The Malawi Government through the National Registration Bureau (NRB), which houses in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, on Wednesday rolled out the national-wide mass registration exercise for national identity cards. The program will run in five phases, targeting nine million people for the whole exercise, with expectation to be finalized by December 2017. The… Read More »

AU Launches Common Passport

By | May 22, 2017

The African Union has launched a common passport that will grant visa-free access among all 54 member states. At present, only 13 African States are open to all African citizens without advance visas, with many placing severe restrictions on travel.   A recent report from the African Development Bank advised that easing entrance requirements would support economic growth,… Read More »

Uganda – Registration centres beefed up to issue National IDs

By | May 22, 2017

Government is to deploy more officers at national identity card registration centres to expedite the issuance of IDs that are required for phone subscribers to validate their SIM cards. The move comes as telecom operators at midnight on Friday (Saturday morning) started deactivating SIM cards whose owners have not updated their details using national IDs. It follows complaints… Read More »

Uganda – MPs Demand UGX 28Bn for E-Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee want government to provide Shillings 28billion to kick-start activities leading to the issuance of E-Passports. According to the committee report, at least Shillings 28 billion is needed for setting up the initial infrastructure for the production of E-Passports.   The full implementation of the project requires US$ 100 million, which is unfunded… Read More »

Uganda – ID registration: Many in last minute rush to register as sim card switch-off looms

By | May 18, 2017

As the deadline for sim-card registration draws closer, NIIRA says those who have registered in the last days will have to wait till the verification is complete. As the deadline for sim-card registration draws closer, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) says those who have registered in the last days  will have to wait till the verification is… Read More »

Liberian Government Launches Issuance of Biometric ID Card

By | May 18, 2017

Monrovia – Liberia has finally launched the issuance of biometric identification card for its citizens and foreign residents. More than 4.5 million Liberians are expected to register and obtained ID Cards of citizenship or residence individuals in Liberia. The ID Cards will be used as national Identity and individuals bearing the cards can used the cards to open… Read More »

Liberia – NIR To Begin Issuance of Biometric ID Cards

By | May 18, 2017

The process leading to the issuance of the newly introduced National Biometric Identification Cards (ID cards) for citizens and residents of Liberia has begun with the installation of modern information technology equipment at the Congo Town office of the National Identification Registry (NIR), says Tiah Nagbe, executive director. Nagbe, who made the disclosure yesterday in Monrovia, said the… Read More »

Nigeria – FG Should Tackle Delay In Issuance Of National Identity Cards

By | May 17, 2017

The introduction of the National Identity Card as one of sacred national documents is a welcome development for many reasons. First, for its usefulness if the data collected from the public are properly stored and shared among our national institutions, for the purposes of planning, development and security. National Identity Card is a life project that the nation… Read More »

Visa, FEDCOC launch first Egypt Card Security Week

By | May 16, 2017

Global payments technology company Visa, in partnership with the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), launched the first Egypt Card Security Week. The theme of the week is staying safe when shopping online, which highlights the work of both organisations to protect consumers against different types of payment-related fraud and to support the growth of Egypt’s e-commerce… Read More »

Ghana’s economy will be formalized by end of 2017- Bawumia

By | May 15, 2017

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has outlined three major strategies to formalize Ghana’s economy. Giving his keynote address at the maiden national policy summit held at the Accra International Conference Centre, Monday, the Vice President said a formalized economy represents the single most important transformation of the economy of any country. Providing details of the strategies geared… Read More »