25 Apr 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) Namibia will on Wednesday host the Third Identification for Africa (ID4Africa) Conference in Windhoek.
Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana told the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday the two-day conference will be held under the theme 'Pathways to Digital Identity'.
The Namibian government is a strong believer in empowering its citizens through digital transformation based on a robust digital identity, she said.
Priority areas for the conference will include application of identification systems to reinforce democracy, support healthcare, build inclusive financial platforms and reinforce civil registration and e-government initiatives and combat identity fraud.
ID4Africa is a multi-stakeholder movement that provides the transparency and responsible adoption of digital identity in the service of development in Africa.
The aim of the conference is to share experience and establish real world best practices that set the correct expectations for what is involved in launching and sustaining successful identity programmes.
About 900 delegates from 43 African nations and 20 international development agencies are expected to attend the conference.
The international development agencies that will participate in the conference this year include the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, African Development Bank, African Union Commission, World Food Programme and the French Agency for Development.
Iivula-Ithana noted that Namibia was selected as the host due to its exceptional achievements in terms of civil registration and identity management.
Namibia improved its civil registration system partly through digitalisation of all historical records and processes during the past eight years, she stated.
Namibia is amongst some of the African countries with an integrated civil registration and ID management system, and birth and death registration rates close to 90 per cent.
Iivula-Ithana said the event will provide a platform for African government agencies to develop expertise, share experiences and build capacity around the important subject of how electronic identity (e-ID) documents can support a wide range of government services for delegates to share experiences and best practices for developing, deploying and operating national e-ID) card schemes.
The ID4Africa conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2016.