Pantami urged fellow African countries to prioritise data privacy and protection in securing foundational ID systems

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Pantami Speaks At Highest Gathering for the Promotion of Digital Identification in Africa

Minister Pantami Leads Nigerian Delegation to ID4Africa Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Following the unprecedented achievement recorded in Nigeria's digital identity sector under the administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has led the Nigerian delegation to ID4Africa2022 Augmented General Meeting taking place in Marrakesh, Morroco.

The 2022 ID4Africa annual meeting is with the theme; Identity in Context: The Digital Transformation Journey. The highest gathering for the promotion of digital identification in Africa brings together policymakers in the continent's digital identity sector to actively engage and discuss identity matters and set out agenda for ID development.

The gathering also seeks to provide innovative solutions to increase the number of persons with a national ID number in Africa, issued by a robust and inclusive foundational Identification (ID) system, that facilitates their access to various services in line with global best practices.

The Nigerian Minister, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) had the first session, a one on one panel session with Executive Chairman, ID4Africa Dr. Joseph Atic.

The Nigerian delegation consists of individuals from both the federal public and private sectors, state government officials, academia, tech industry experts, among others.

As part of official activities at the ongoing ID4Africa Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place In Marrakech, Morroco, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today held a one-on-one panel session with the Executive Chairman, ID4Africa, Dr Joseph Atic.

Minister Pantami spoke about the vision of the identity ecosystem in Nigeria, highlighting that the goal in Nigeria is to have the National Identity Database as the primary database which will be utilised in National planning and the foundational ID for building a digital economy in the country. 

Prof. Pantami described the digital ID as a foundation for building a digital economy, he said: "There are prerequisites to achieving a digital economy when it comes to citizens' involvement, number 1 is Digital ID; Number 2, Bank Account; Number 3, Broadband Penetration; and finally Smartphones."

Pantami urged fellow African countries to prioritise data privacy and protection in securing foundational ID systems.

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