A Project Office under the Prime Minister’s Office has officially begun an enrollment programme for a National Digital ID project that looks to register 70 million citizens over the coming three years. The National ID Project Office has signed deals with over half a dozen financial institutions and 30 public agencies to speed up the national identification registration process. Headed by Yodahe Araya, former principal technical advisor to the Prime Minister, the Project Office recently concluded a six-month trial phase after registering 100,000 citizens. Yodahe and his team are preparing to expand coverage, registering up to 10 million people in the next phase, which will kick off in the coming weeks. The task is to gather primary data and biometric information such as photographs, fingerprints, and scans.
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