Tanzania is preparing to launch a new digital identity system called the ‘Unique Number ID’ as part of its transition toward a digital economy. This digital ID will allow users to access critical government and private sector services electronically. The Unique Number ID is expected to be more advanced than existing identification systems as it will contain detailed information about the holder.
It will be distinct from the current machine-readable IDs issued by the National Identification Authority (Nida) but will complement them, according to a report from The Citizen. The decision to introduce the Unique Number ID stems from the recognition of the burden posed by multiple IDs issued by different institutions, such as Nida, the Immigration Department, and the Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency. The aim is to synchronize these IDs and streamline access to various services. Adjustments to the legislation establishing Nida may be necessary, including allowing registration for individuals below 18 years old.
The new digital identity, also known as ‘Jamii Namba,’ is designed to be a unified “One Stop Service Centre” for all aspects of a person’s life cycle. It is being developed in collaboration with institutions in Zanzibar responsible for ID registration. The implementation of this digital identity system aligns with Tanzania’s digital transformation initiatives and its push towards a digital economy.
Senior officials from the Tanzanian and Zanzibari governments gathered in Arusha to discuss the rollout details of the new ID system, which will be available to citizens, legal residents, refugees, and children under 18 years of age.
July 17, 2023 – by the Mobile ID World Editorial Team