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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

Kenya unveils Africa's first national digital ID scheme

Monday 1 July 2019 | 12:11 PM CET

Kenya has just closed registration on Africa’s new digital database, thus creating the first population-wide identity scheme in the country.

As per a report by the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (MICT), the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) is expected to help government better understand its citizens, provide services effectively, curb corruption, and create solutions to policy challenges.

Kenyans are set to be issued with digital identification cards, which are named Huduma Namba (Service Number), and are meant to allow them access to all government services. The USD 60 million program will serve as a ‘test bed’ for new ideas for the rest of the continent. A MICT report explains that the government is keen to control the ‘significant natural and monetary resources in the digital economy.’ The new system will create opportunities for private sector involvement in service delivery via verifying people’s identities or providing additional services.

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