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Africa to provide digital identification to citizens

African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus MwenchaJOHANNESBURG – LEADERS and development partners have agreed on a common approach to accelerate the provision of unique identification to millions of people in Africa.

It is envisaged the moves would foster more inclusive economies and greater regional integration.

At a high-level meeting during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings,representatives from the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the East African Community, African Ministers of Finance, development partners and the World Bank Group committed to join efforts in providing identification to millions of people across Africa through a
more integrated and regional approach.

African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha noted that people have a right to legal identity and recognition which are essential prerequisites for decent work, livelihoods and well-being.

“Those issues are at the core of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

However, Mwencha emphasised on the need for enhanced access to technology, resources, as well as advocacy and capacity for the attainment of this project.

World Bank committed to work with countries in collaboration with the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), to develop a set of harmonised standards to support inter-operability between national identification systems and mutual recognition of identification documents.

“It is indispensable for ensuring access to education, financial services, and health and social benefits,” said World Bank Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop.

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