ID4Africa introduces new ambassador program

May 26, 2016 - 

ID4Africa introduced its new ambassador program at its second annual government meeting in Kigali on Wednesday.

The program allows representatives from government agencies across Africa to play an integral role in building awareness of ID4Africa’s vision in their home countries. The organization’s leading principal is to ensure that legal identity in Africa becomes a driver for all social and economic development.

ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa. The organization’s aim is to share experiences and establish real world best practices that set the correct expectations for what is involved in launching and sustaining successful identity programs. ID4Africa achieves this goal through the promotion of responsible adoption of digital identity in order to enhance people’s lives, their visibility, and empowering them claim and exercise their rights from birth-to-death with dignity and respect.

The eight inaugural ambassadors, who were appointed during the event’s general closing plenary session are committed to promoting access to knowledge, data and information to other identity stakeholders in their respective countries so that policies and investments about ID systems are informed and based on sound evidence and experience. The ambassadors will promote knowledge transfer and will emphasize the benefits related to identity in order to create a better, general understanding of the practical implications of ID system implementation.
According to ID4Africa, the new ambassadors were carefully selected based on merit, passion and the capacity to volunteer their time and energy to promote responsible use of digital identity in Africa. Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman of ID4Africa, noted that the ambassadors are identity experts with a passionate belief in the potential of digital identity to accelerate social and economic development.

The newly appointed ambassadors include: Elijah Koroma (Sierra Leone); Emmanuel Brown (Ghana); Godswill Ukauwa (Nigeria); Mouna Ahmad (Djibouti); Neo Lepang (Botswana); Tumelo Rabolesti (Lesotho); Daniel Lishanew (Ethiopia); and Peter Chitedze (Malawi).

Atick noted that the ambassadors will use their first-hand knowledge and experience to play an important role in linking identity authorities and users in their countries to relevant ID4Africa expertise, events and activities. All appointed ambassadors will be expected to conform to a code of ethics.

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BiometricUpdate.com was the official journalist for the 2016 forum and exposition.

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