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Notícias / Minister of Science and Technology, Higher and Technical Vocational Education Jorge Nhambiu
From next year, Mozambique is to adopt a unique identification number system to gather together all the data on citizens Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Nhambiu announced yesterday.
“The system will improve and streamline services provided to citizens,” Nhambiu told the press after opening the 8th edition of the eID Conference in Maputo on Monday.
With the new system, the numbers on identity cards, driving licenses, civil registration and passports will be the same, making it easier to obtain citizen’s data.
Highlighting the importance of upgrading the technological bases of public sector services in Mozambique, Jorge Nhambiu said that in addition to avoiding excessive bureaucracy, the adoption of a unique identification number will help the government ensure the safety of citizens.
“We believe in this project and that, having a young population, our technology-based projects will be well received,” he said, adding that although the budget has not yet been set, the project is expected to be ready next year.
Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernisation of Portugal, Maria Leitão Marques, says the adoption of a technology-based civil registration is an important element in guaranteeing the basic rights of citizens, and is an indispensable tool in the present day.
“In the new era, the adoption of these technologies is no longer a luxury, but rather a condition for development”, the Portuguese minister, who presented the topic “Need for Administrative Modernization in Africa” during the first day of the eID Conference, said.
At a time when Mozambique faces difficulty collecting statistical data on its population, the exact identification of the number of citizens in the country will facilitate government strategies in preventing and fighting disease, and create a credible platform for the Mozambican government to work on.
“Today, technology is a factor of inclusion in the global world,” Marques said, stressing the need for all ministries in the country to help bring the unique identification number project to fruition.
Under to the motto “Electronic government, Electronic identification schemes, Interoperability and Integration”, the 8th edition of the eID Conference brought together 30 speakers and more than 150 experts to discuss the challenges of electronic documentation systems, with its main emphasis on the African continent .Source: Lusa
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