Tag Archives: Africa

ESN Official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017

By | April 13, 2017

Embedded Security News is a proud official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017, the annual meeting of ID4Africa movement that this year will be held from 26 to 28th of April in Windhoek, Namibia. The Mission Modules of ID4Africa are: Promote the responsible adoption of digital identity in order to enhance people’s lives, make them visible, and empower them… Read More »

Uganda: UCC Insists On 7-Day Simcard Validation Ultimatum

By | April 12, 2017

All mobile phone sim-cards must be verified and validated within seven days or risk being switched off, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned. The warning is the latest among many previous ones from the regulatory body, where it has severally threatened to deactivate unregistered sim-cards.  During yesterday’s stakeholders meeting with National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Inspector… Read More »

Countries Delay East Africa e-Passports Plan Until Next Year

By | April 12, 2017

East African Community citizens will have to wait longer for “smart” national and regional passports as member states lag a year behind schedule in delays that highlight the obstacles facing joint issuance of travel documents in Africa. East African Community partner states were supposed to begin issuing e-passports at the beginning of this year.  However,  Uganda, Rwanda and… Read More »

Uganda – Only National IDs Allowed in New 7-Day UCC Sim-Card Deadline

By | April 11, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked all existing subscribers to update their SIM-card registration information in seven days or they will be deactivated.  National Identity Card (IDs) and passports, for the case of foreigners, will be used to verify, re-validate and re-register SIM-cards for all subscribers. This is a shift from the position UCC had taken two weeks ago, in… Read More »

Bank Card fraud on the Increase in Namibia

By | April 10, 2017

By Magreth Nunuhe WINDHOEK – The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has recorded a loss of approximately R13 million through debit, hybrid and credit cards due to fraud in 2016, while the number of incidents related to card fraud over the past two years increased by 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. Card fraud includes lost or stolen cards; forged… Read More »

East Africa: Kigali to Upgrade to E-Passport From Next Year

By | April 10, 2017

Rwanda is set to revamp its passport to include additional security features and symbols promoting the country’s tourism sector as well as its culture. The move is in line with an East African Community directive for countries to upgrade to a regional e-passport. The new passport will have an electronic chip, biometric features and hidden security pictures. “The… Read More »

Nigeria – Long Wait for e-Passports

By | April 9, 2017

The prolonged scarcity of international passport booklets in the various immigration offices nationwide as well as foreign missions abroad has taken serious toll on Nigerians with huge implications for the economy. In this report, Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, Gbenga Omokhunu, Chris Oji, Precious Dikehowa and Ernest Nwokolo capture the agonising experiences of hapless citizens in their tireless wait for… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds Delay Issuance of National ID Cards

By | April 4, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it is working hard to address the challenges associated with the delay in issuance of the new National Identity Cards to Nigerians. The Director-General of the commission, Mr Aliyu Aziz, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that paucity of funds was delaying the production and issuance… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Legalises Smart Card Reader For Election‎s

By | March 31, 2017

The Senate on Thursday concluded the amendment of the Electoral Act ‎by giving legal teeth to the usage of smart card readers during elections. The Senate gave the go ahead to the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the smart card or any other method of voting its may deem fit for future elections. It agreed in the… Read More »

By | March 31, 2017

31st March 2017 PRESS RELEASE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF BAN ON ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT For Immediate Release The Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister informs the general public it has decided to partially lift the temporarary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017.  The objective of the partial… Read More »

Kenya – Jubilee Urged to Abandon Smart Card in Nominations

By | March 29, 2017

Aspirants from Embu County have called on the Jubilee Party to discard the use of the recently launched party smart card and instead allow members to use the national ID cards during the nominations. According to Manyatta Parliamentary seat aspirant, Justus Mugo Kinyua, this will give supporters an opportunity to participate in the process adding that the card… Read More »

South Africa’s Smart ID card “one of the most advanced in the world”

By | March 28, 2017

South Africa’s new Smart ID card is one of the most advanced IDs in the world, said the solutions director of LAWtrust, Maeson Maherry. Maherry, who was speaking at a cybersecurity symposium in Johannesburg, is overseeing the seven-year eID project with the Department of Home Affairs. It is one of LAWtrust’s largest programmes. “Many countries around the world… Read More »

Nigeria – Controversy Trails Immigration e-Passport Contracts

By | March 26, 2017

There’s a raging controversy over the e-passport contracts signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with non-security firms which is ripping Nigeria billions of naira. The deal is generating heat over stakeholders concern that Nigeria’s national security is being jeopardised because the contractors are mostly non-security companies, while others have questionable tendencies. The Senate last week invited the… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Summons AGF, Minister, Others Over e-Passport Deals

By | March 25, 2017

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and other Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Remittance and Expenditure of Internally Generated Revenue by MDAs invited the duo for briefing over their involvement in alleged e-passport deals. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola, made this known in a statement through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Queries Dambazau, Malami, Others Over Alleged Abuse of IGR

By | March 25, 2017

Interior Minister, AbdulRahaman Dambazau, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami have been invited by the Senate to explain their alleged roles in the alleged misuse of revenues generated from E-Passport production and other immigration related activities. The Senate had set up a committee to investigate the alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and Other Fraudulent… Read More »

Nigeria – Maritime Security: Minister Says Biometric ID Now Compulsory for Port Users

By | March 24, 2017

Determined to enhance the level of security in the nation’s seaports, especially in line with international best practices, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any port facility in Nigeria.   A statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, said “it is now compulsory… Read More »

Ghana Ready To Issue Chip Embedded Passports – Ayorkor Botchwey

By | March 24, 2017

Ghana will from this year begin issuing chip embedded biometric passports to its citizenry. This new initiative will see the West African country migrate from its current generation of passports from 2D barcode. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration say the initiative will help reduce drastically the possibility of identity thefts and resultant misrepresentations… Read More »

ID4Africa Releases Results of its 2017 Government ID Survey

By | March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 –  ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, has released a detailed annual survey of African governments focused on understanding the continent’s identification requirements. The survey found that Africa’s priorities are focused on pragmatically putting in place and operationalizing robust, high coverage… Read More »