Somalia To Kick Off Biometric Registration Of Citizens
Somalia has confirmed on Sunday it will kick off biometric registration of citizens to improve government planning, service delivery and security.
The plan to improve civil registration and vital statistics in Somalia was endorsed at a gathering In Mogadishu of stakeholders from all levels of relevant sectors in the country.
The Minister for Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of the Federal Government of Somalia Ahmed Moalim Fiqi said once adopted, the biometric registration has potential to prevent fraud, improve data security and provide identification to citizens.
The bio data will provide birth certificates to the general population and mandatory birth, death and cause-of-death notification from all health facilities using technology.
The event organised by the Minister of Interior Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of the Federal Government of Somalia was also attended by the mayor of Mogadishu Yussuf Hussein Madaale.
The Federal Government of Somalia has established the Registration and Identification Policy which will be implemented throughout the country, to be administered at a federal level to register the public with Unique ID Numbers, and issue Identity Cards based on the database.
The identity card identifies an individual throughout his or her life and facilitates access to social services.
The Ministry of health, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Religious Affairs, the National Bureau of Statistics and Local governments of Federal Member States and Banadir Regional Administration will all be involved in the rollout of the registration of persons.
Stakeholders stationed in Mogadishu will hold discussions over the same for the next four days to come up with a comprehensive plan for the biometric registration.
A Technical Working Group based in the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR), has been guiding the implementation of a national registrations of Persons improvement plan in Somalia.