Tag Archives: National ID Cards

Nepal – National ID card will be gender inclusive, says Minister Sharma

By | July 25, 2017

Home Minister Janardan Sharma has claimed that the new national identity card, which is going to be launched soon as a pilot project, will be gender inclusive. Responding to queries raised by some lawmakers about the rumoured features of the new ID that is supposed to replace the citizenship card, Sharma said the details will include the names… Read More »

Samoa – National ID in the pipeline

By | July 21, 2017

 (M.P.M.C. Press Secretary) – Samoa is on her way to having her very own National Identification Card, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed. The National ID concept has been long in the government’s thinking tank, the Prime Minister was quick to add. Like the United States Green Card, Samoa is on its way to having a National… Read More »

Filipino National ID law pushed, but will it pass this time?

By | July 13, 2017

Manila: A senior Philippine lawmaker is urging Congress to prioritise the passage of a national ID law saying the measure would boost the efficiency of government services and expedite transactions requiring information on a person’s identity. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Senate and House of Representatives must swiftly pass measures on the establishment of a national… Read More »

Philippines – Palace repeats support for national ID system

By | July 11, 2017

    Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated its support for the implementation of a national identification (ID) card system in the Philippines, but it clarified that the proposal for a Muslim ID scheme was a local  initiative.   As the director of the PNP has already said, this is not a mandate coming from higher authorities,” Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesperson, said in a… Read More »

Gambia – Interior minister clears air on passports, ID cards

By | July 11, 2017

The Minister of Interior has told members of the National Assembly that based on the advice of a technical committee after series of meetings, the ministry would like to renegotiate the passport and ID cards contract with SEMLEX. In response to Samba Jallow, Minority leader and member for Niamina Dankunku, Minister Fatty explained that on the 18th February… Read More »

Philippines – Gov’t to allot P2 B for national ID

By | July 10, 2017

MANILA, Philippines –  The government is set to allot a budget of P2 billion for the roll-out in 2018 of the national identification (ID) system pending in Congress, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Yesterday. DOF Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the government would implement the national ID system starting 2018  so that 105 million Filipinos can benefit… Read More »

Phl the most ID-ied country

By | July 9, 2017

A few years back, there was a forum held at the Ateneo de Manila University where one of the speakers talked about how Filipinos seemed to be untrustworthy. Proof of that, the speaker who is a political science professor noted, are the requirements in many official transactions to show or provide at least two government-issued identification (ID) cards.… Read More »

Philippines – National ID system budget sought despite bill still on hold

By | July 5, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will allot money for the implementation of the national identification (ID) system, even if the bill regarding the system is not yet passed into law, Department of Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua confirmed on Wednesday, July 5. According to Chua, P2 billion in the 2018 national budget will be allotted for the… Read More »

Philippines – National ID to ease delivery of social services: Diokno

By | July 5, 2017

MANILA – The government is planning to put in place a national ID system within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term to help ease the delivery of social services, one of his economic managers said Wednesday. The national ID will replace all government-issued identification cards, except the passport and drivers’ license. It will contain biometric data and will be issued… Read More »

Zimbabwe: Biti Says the Zim National ID Promotes Tribalism, to Take the Matter to Court

By | July 2, 2017

Lawyer Tendai Biti said he is approaching the courts seeking the scrapping off of the regions and district codes on national identity cards “because they are fuelling tribalism in the country”. A National Identity card bears the names of the holder’s local village, the chief as well as the code of his district and province of origin. But… Read More »

More than $6 million approved for Dominica national ID scheme

By | June 26, 2017

The government in Dominica has approved $6,130,000 of funding for the Electoral Commission to purchase equipment and hire staff as it looks to implement a national identification card system. In a statement, the election oversight organisation said that the news has been a 30-year goal of successive chief election officers. “The Commission is pleased to be able to… Read More »

Taiwan – New ID cards to be suitable for digital verification: MOI

By | June 24, 2017

The government is mulling issuing new ID cards that would contain a chip and is to solicit public views in seminars, workshops and via polls, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said on Friday. The ministry has worked out a draft proposal on the new card and will communicate fully with the public on the issue, Department of… Read More »

Ghana – National ID solution to delay in passport acquisition – Bawumia

By | June 24, 2017

The acquisition or renewal of Ghanaian passports, especially for those outside the shores of Ghana, is a major challenge, but the introduction of the new national identification card will soon make such hassle a thing of the past, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Dr Bawumia said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in China.… Read More »

Dominica – Over $6 Million Approved For Equipment And Training For Id Cards

By | June 24, 2017

The Government of Dominica has recently approved funding to the tune of EC$ 6,130,350.00, to purchase equipment and to hire and train personnel for the implementation of a national identification card system.  In a press release this week the Electoral Office informed that it has begun the recruitment of about 15 young persons who, subject to the passage… Read More »

Jamaica – Government Seeks To Put National ID Fears To Rest

By | June 22, 2017

Public fears that the much-talked-about National Identification System (NIDS), when passed into law, will not be as secure as intended, have been dispelled by the Government. Chief Technical Director in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart explained that the system will be “safe, secure, and good for business”.… 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 »

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 »

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 »