The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Kingdom of Morocco, has won the "African Excellence E-Government Award", in recognition of the advanced level of services provided by the new generation of the national electronic identity document.
A national system would be based on the federal government’s whole-of-government digital identity program, which is aiming to provide identity verification across a range of government services and private sector offerings.
More than 8.2 million Pakistanis abroad who hold the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) have registered with the National Database and Registration Authority of Pakistan (NADRA) as new features are rolled out, while pensioners will now have to prove they are still alive every six months with a biometric check at a bank branch.
Once registered, citizens will be assigned a National Identity Number (NIN), and will be able to use their fingerprints to gain access to various government services. The national identity program is also being integrated with private services to encourage large scale adoption. Most notably, people will be able to use their NIN to make payments and complete mobile banking transactions.
New proposals already in Kenya’s Parliament in the form of a bill seek to introduce multiple changes to the country’s Huduma Namba digital ID scheme which, since its launch in 2019, has elicited a lingering controversy.