Sri Lanka is readying the launch of its digital identity scheme.
The capture of biometrics for the issuance of digital ID cards is likely to begin soon.
SRI LANKA: The capture of biometrics for the issuance of digital ID cards is likely to begin soon, according to a recent hint from a top govt official.
Enrollment for the digital ID will require the collection of ten fingerprints, iris & face biometrics.https://t.co/NSAZlu1j4S
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Secretary to the Ministry of Technology and Chairman of the Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) Jayantha de Silva said the country’s digital identity cards will have the “most sophisticated security features available in the world.”
“Base work is mostly completed. We will be incorporating ten fingerprints, iris and face recognition soon,” De Silva told the Digital Lanka, Green Tech, Huawei Digital Congress 2022, held in Colombo on Monday (25).
Daily News reported:
Noting that the requirement of connectivity became more and more important with the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, De Silva stated that under the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ Project, 10,250 state schools across the country will be connected with fibre -optic capability in another 12 months time.
“Moreover, a small country like ours is currently following the British legal standards and the challenges that we face are immense. We decided to automate all the courts in this country. Accordingly, all the court proceedings including voice, images and videos will be recorded. Within another 2.5 years, it will revolutionise how the court works. With the implementation of the project, the courts will be able to work independently and in a transparent manner.”
Biometric Update added:
Meanwhile, another report by The Morning quotes de Silva as reiterating the objective of the digital ID which is to replace the current ID system which has become old and obsolete. It recalls that the system has been in place since the 1970s yet the country is now lagging behind others such Bangladesh, Iran, India, Ghana, and Nigeria which introduced ID systems much later, but have already modernized them.
Efforts to develop Sri Lanka’s digital ID ecosystem have been on course for the past few years, and the country has concluded a couple of partnerships in this regard lately, among them the deal with MOSIP to design and development the template for the foundational ID system.
The government in Colombo also recently signed a number of cooperation agreements with the Indian government, one of which involves grant assistance for Sri Lanka to continue progress on the implementation of its Unique Digital Identity program, SL-UDI.
Sri Lanka recently had massive protests due to surging prices and an economic crisis.
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