Somalia Launches National Digital ID System with Pakistan's Help

Somalia Launches National Digital ID System with Pakistan’s Help

Hey, did you know that NADRA has completed the development of a national identification system for Somalia? This is a huge deal, as it will help to improve security, governance, and access to essential services for all Somali citizens.

NADRA has been working closely with the Somali government since 2017 to develop this state-of-the-art system. The system includes technology, software, and equipment to facilitate the efficient and effective identification of Somali citizens.

The completion of this project is a testament to NADRA’s expertise in developing and implementing national identification systems. It is also a significant milestone for Somalia, as it will help to improve the lives of all Somali citizens.

The event in Mogadishu was attended by Somali development partners, including Pakistan, the EU, the World Bank Group, the UK, the USA, Gulf countries, ID4Africa, diplomats, and UN agencies.

Prime Minister Barre thanked Pakistan and NADRA for their invaluable support in implementing SNIDS. He also expressed appreciation for their generous assistance in capacity building for the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Somalia.

Other dignitaries, including UN Special Representative for Somalia Catriona Laing and British Ambassador to Somalia Mike Nithavrianakis, appreciated NADRA’s robust systems and congratulated the governments of Pakistan and Somalia on this successful accomplishment.

SNIDS is part of a multimillion-dollar grant extended by the government of Pakistan to Somalia. It will enable NIRA and the Ministry of Interior to implement their mandate in enhancing the country’s governance, security, and socioeconomic development by providing Somalis with a secure and universally recognized form of identification.

SNIDS will facilitate more efficient public service delivery, including social welfare programs, healthcare services, and electoral processes. This will lead to improved governance and a better quality of life for Somalis.

President of Somalia Hassan M Sheikh also thanked the government of Pakistan while being enrolled for his national ID. Other Somali government dignitaries were also enrolled in the national ID system as part of the registration drive.

NADRA Chairman Asad Rehman Gilani sent a message to his counterpart in Somalia, saying: “NADRA takes immense pride in the successful execution and launch of Somalia’s National Identification System. This achievement reinforces Pakistan’s vision for a more secure and prosperous Somalia, where every citizen has access to reliable identification.”

NADRA Chairman Asad Rehman Gilani

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