Tag Archives: Africa

ID4Africa Welcomes the 2018 Class of Ambassadors: Makes Appointments from 29 African Countries

By | January 18, 2018

New York, New York, United States: ID4Africa announced today the appointment of Ambassadors from 29 countries for its 2018 Ambassador Class. These countries represent over 75% of sub-Saharan Africa by population. Since its inception in 2016, the ID4Africa Ambassadors Program has not only continued to gain importance in the range of representation, but also in the breadth and… Read More »

Nigeria – Passport printing delayed by blackout not machines breakdown – immigration

By | January 16, 2018

Claims that passport printing machines broke down are “fake”, Immigration Services director Gordon Kihalangwa has said. He said on Tuesday that a power outage experienced at their Nyayo offices affected the printing process. The issue had caused uproar among many applicants who said they could not access the application system and that production was slow. Some claimed printing machines had broken down. But… Read More »

Nigeria – 7000 Oyo Traders, Artisans Get Biometric ID Cards

By | January 16, 2018

bout 7,000 tradesmen and artisans captured in Ona Ara local government area of Oyo State have given biometric identity cards. The biometric data capturing of informal sector operatives was initiated by the administration of Mr Abiola Ajimobi to enable the state government have a unified identity for all tradesmen and artisans in the state and create a database… Read More »

Nigeria – Oyo gov presents biometric ID cards to 7,000 traders

By | January 11, 2018

IN continuing the state government’s biometric data capturing of informal sector operatives, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Wednesday commenced the presentation of biometric identity cards to about 7,000 tradesmen and artisans captured in Ona Ara local government area of the state. Ajimobi, represented by his Special Adviser on Trade Matters, Mrs Kunbi James, at the presentation held at… Read More »

Namibia Switches to Electronic Passports

By | January 7, 2018

Namibia has ceased the issuing of machine-readable passports and will start issuing biometric or electronic passports as from Monday, 8 January 2018. This was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa, on Friday at a media briefing in Windhoek. Nghishekwa explained that electronic passports are highly secure travel… Read More »

Namibia introduces biometric passports

By | January 5, 2018

WINDHOEK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Namibia will from Jan. 8, 2018 issue biometric or electronic passports, an official in the home affairs ministry said Friday. A biometric passport is a highly secure travel document or e-passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport… Read More »

VISA Launches Contactless Payment in Morocco

By | January 5, 2018

Rabat – A world leader in electronic payments, Visa announced that its Moroccan cardholders will now be able to enjoy Contactless Payments. Holders of a contactless Visa card will now be able to pay for their purchases by simply tapping their contactless Visa card or payment-enabled device on the checkout terminals, currently being installed at various sales points. The contactless payment system reduces the… Read More »

Kenya’s EALA chairman urges EAC to embrace E-passport

By | January 5, 2018

Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua (2nd R) during election of EALA Speaker. [Photo|Simon Mbugua] Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua has appealed to all the other East African Community (EAC) partner states through their elected representatives at EALA to ensure each of their East African countries embrace the EAC passport. “The E.A.C electronic Passport has now been officially rolled… Read More »

Ghana Government Launches Instant Electronic ID Issuance with Entrust Datacard

By | January 3, 2018

Entrust Datacard partners with Identity Management Systems (a subsidiary of Margins Group) to deliver first nationwide instant issuance in West Africa MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced its technology will be used by the government of Ghana — through a partnership with Identity Management Systems (IMS), a subsidiary of… Read More »

Nigeria – Interior Ministry Set To End Foreign Printing of Int’l Passports

By | December 24, 2017

In order to create employment locally, conserve meagre foreign exchange and guard against the leaking of vital information, Nigeria will soon stop the practice of printing her international passports in foreign countries, LEADERSHIP Sunday can reveal authoritatively. The firms handling the production of the essential travel document currently undertake the printing in countries like South Africa, Malaysia and… Read More »

Ghana – National ID cards to be issued in January 2018

By | December 22, 2017

The National Identification Authority (NIA) should be issuing the National ID cards from January 2018, barring any last minute hitch. This is the indication from the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The move will however depend on the maturity of the Legislative Instrument (LI) on the policy currently before Parliament. Speaking on the Citi Breakfast… Read More »

Ghana – National ID Project Officially Begins In January 2018

By | December 18, 2017

LARGE SCALE rollout of national ID cards to Ghanaians will begin next month as government finishes the ground works for the exercise to be carried out at the regional level by the National Identification Authority, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said. According to him, the government has planned to start issuing significant volumes of the national ID cards… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate legalises card readers, sets fees for aspirants

By | December 16, 2017

The Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 Amendment Bill 2017 passed recently by the Senate makes the use of card readers mandatory and bans manual accreditation, when it becomes law. According to the amendment, House of Representatives aspirants are now to pay N1,000,000 and those for State Assembly will pay N500,000. The law states there shall now be full… Read More »

Nigeria – UNHCR, NIMC launch e-ID card for 100,000 IDPs in Borno

By | December 15, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said it will issue e-identity cards to a total of 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno. NIMC, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday launched the pilot registration exercise in Maiduguri, hoping to register all IDPs in the state for… Read More »

Malawi issues 9 million National IDs in six months

By | December 4, 2017

Lilongwe – Malawi has for the first time after 50 years of its independence issued biometric national identity cards (IDs) to 9 million people. The issuance of the 9 million national IDs follows the implementation of mass registration exercise completed within a six-month period spanning from May to November this year. Various stakeholders have lauded the initiative with many… Read More »

Angola – New I.D card comes out on Monday

By | November 20, 2017

Luanda, ANGOLA, November 20 – A new Identity Document (I.D) cards for Angolan citizens, whose validity period is of ten years, starts to be issued this Monday, November 20, ANGOP has learnt. According to the national director for Civil Identification and Criminal Records, Felismina Gandu da Silva, at a press conference held last Friday, the new I.D document… Read More »

Sudan: Sheikhs – Electronic WFP Ration Card ‘Final Nail in Coffin’ for Darfur Camps

By | November 16, 2017

Zamzam Camp — The announcement by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan of a switch to a National Number-based electronic ration card effective 11 December, has met with sharp criticism by leaders of the Darfur displaced who fear many of the most vulnerable people will “fall between the cracks”. Sheiks of the vast Zamzam camp for… Read More »

Ghana – Issuance of National ID to begin in November 2017-NIA

By | November 2, 2017

NIA will in November 2017 begin the issuance of National Identification smart card to Ghanaians as ways to provide secure authentication and identification for all citizens. The National ID dubbed GhanaCard is meant to be the primary ID card that citizens will use to access all services in the country, including travelling within the West African sub-region. The National… Read More »

Liberia Launches National Biometric ID System Today

By | October 30, 2017

The Government of Liberia through the National Identification Registry will officially launch and dedicate Liberia’s National Biometric Identification System (NBIS) today, Monday, October 30 at the registry’s headquarters in Monrovia. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is expected to cut the ribbon to the building, will also enroll into the system and receive the first national biometric identification card.… Read More »

South Africa – Statement By The Minister Of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, During Sassa Media Briefing In East London, Eastern Cape Province

By | October 30, 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017 Programme Director, Ms Lumka Oliphant Acting CEO of SASSA, Ms Pearl Bhengu Senior Managers of the Department of Social Development Executive members of SASSA Members of the media Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for being part of this media briefing convened with the intention of reporting to the nation on progress we have made… Read More »