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January 19, 2021

Work begin on Electronic ID System

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Work onthe country’s first ever electronic identification system is well underway.

It will cost over seventy million kina to cover all districts throughouPNG. The main aim ofthe E-ID card system is to have an accurate database of all citizens.

Besic information on population and citizens inthe country has been lacking in PNG Accurate data is needed to better plan and for the upcoming elections to be executed smoothly.

The introduction ofthe electronic identification system aims to addressthe problem. It’s a new concept tPNG but it has been in existence inthe developed world for 50 years.

Project Director Roko Koloma gave an over view of howthe identification system will be rolled out.

The infrastructure and card processing will be set up by Huawei whilethe government will take care of allthe logistics.

The execution process is set out in four phases through four years starting from this year to 2016. Giventhe high rate of illiteracy in remotPNG, an awareness team has been set up.

The National e-id system project has a governance structure. Atthe top isthe ministerial committee chaired by minister for National planning Charles abel.

Meredith Kuusa, National EMTV News


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