Tag Archives: Africa

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 »

Nigeria – Cross-River: 10,000 National ID Card yet to be collected

By | May 14, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission has told the residents o said there are about 10,000 uncollected National Identity Smart Cards in Cross River State. The commission also said the delay in issuing the cards was because the commission had to register up to 10 million Nigerians before printing the cards. In a radio interview in Calabar on Saturday,… Read More »

83% of the Ghanaian populace without National ID

By | May 11, 2017

The Committee on Communications for the Ghanaian Parliament says the National Identification Authority (NIA) is yet to register and issue a identification card to 83percent of the Ghanaian populace. This percentage represent about 27million of the country’s population.  According to the report, the NIA has enrolled only 4.5million resident Ghanaians, representing 17percent of the population.  “Presently, the Authority… Read More »

Nigeria – E-Passport Booklets: Scarcity to Persist as FG, Vendor Disagree on Pricing

By | May 6, 2017

The scarcity of the e-passport booklets may not abate soon as the Federal Government has yet to reach an agreement on the new pricing of the travel document with the vendor, Iris Smart Technology Ltd. ISTL had reduced the production and supply of the 32-page passports since last year following the foreign exchange crisis in the country which… Read More »

Sierra Leone – NEC rules out biometric voter ID cards for 2018 polls

By | May 5, 2017

Sierra Leoneans will now have to settle for basic ID cards instead of the biometric voters card promised by the National Electoral Commission (NEC), APA learned in Freetown on Friday.According to NEC official, the biometric cards cannot be provided in time for the elections due to lack of funds. The idea to produce a biometric card is in… Read More »

Mozambique to change national identity cards

By | May 4, 2017

The Mozambican cabinet approved a bill proposing a law to improve the current biometric identity card issued by the Ministry of Interior, APA has observed on Thursday.Cabinet spokesperson Mouzinho Saide is quoted in the local media as saying the bill, which seeks to ensure that ID cards have more security and reliability, adapting them to the current information… Read More »

Nigeria – Reps task FG on provision of Nigerian passports

By | May 4, 2017

The House of Representatives on Thursday emphasised the need for Federal Government to urgently address the challenges being faced by the supplier of the passport booklets. The lawmakers expressed the concerns during the debate on the motion sponsored by Ayodeji Joseph, stressed the need for the present administration to devise sustainable means to ensure availability across the world… Read More »

Kenya – Smart driving licence to be launched in July – NTSA

By | May 3, 2017

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will launch a smart driving license with a view of replacing old paper-based ones to help in curbing rogue drivers on roads in two months time. This is according to the body’s Director of Road Safety, Njeri Waithaka. According to Waithaka, the tech-based driving license will be fitted with an electronic… Read More »

NXP delivers electronic driver licenses and vehicle registration smart cards to tame fraud

By | April 27, 2017

NXP Semiconductors N.V has announced that its partner HB Technologies, the leader in Algeria for secure solutions based on smartcard designs, chose NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller for the country’s new secure electronic driver license and vehicle registration smartcards. This strategic collaboration will help Algeria prevent driver license and registration frauds and modernize its government system as public services will… Read More »

Card fraud increases in South Africa by 13 percent

By | April 26, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, April 25 (Xinhua) — South African banking industry released statistics on Tuesday which show that overall card fraud increased by 13 percent in 2016 as compared to the previous year. The statistics were released by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) on behalf on the banking industry in Johannesburg. According to the statistics, South African… Read More »

ID4Africa 2017

By | April 26, 2017

  Following two successful events in 2015 and 2016 which collectively brought together over 900 stakeholders in the identity space, ID4Africa 2017 returns as bigger and better than before! The annual government forum and expo focuses on digital identity and its application for driving socio-economic development in Africa. It provides a unique opportunity for African nations to compare… Read More »

Uganda: How Mistakes On National IDs Multiply Country’s Data Problems

By | April 24, 2017

Richard Kapule Ounoi, a teacher, was one of the first Ugandans in 2015 to pick their national Identity Cards (IDs). However, his card had an error. His middle name, Kapule, had been rewritten as Kalule. The former ordinarily belongs to people from Tororo in the East, the latter for those from Central Uganda. Mr Ounoi alerted the ID… Read More »

Security Features Of Nigerian e-Passport World-class – IRIS

By | April 24, 2017

Managing Director of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), Olayinka Fisher, has said the Nigerian e-Passport is world-class insisting that 95 per cent of components that constitute its security features is not made in the country. He, however, pointed out that Nigeria was not the only country depending on foreign components for its e-Passport, just as he disclosed that… Read More »