June 22, 2016 -
The annual meeting of the ID4Africa Movement, held in May, experienced 93 percent growth in attendance. 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.
This year’s event was dedicated to examining the practical requirements necessary to plan and launch successful electronic identity (eID) programs. Delegates from 32 African nations, 22 international development agencies and 80 companies attended. The exhibitor space featuring 60 companies and more than 600 participants are estimated to have attended, compared to 310 attendees who attended the inaugural event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2015.
According to a survey conducted by ID4Africa, the majority of attendees considered the 2016 event, held in Kigali, Rwanda, a “high-quality, intensive meeting focused on exchange of high-quality knowledge”.
Ninety-five percent of all attendees agreed that the quantity and quality of the information was very high. Ninety-one percent of attendees found the event provided excellent networking opportunities and 82 percent of vendors agreed that their participation as exhibitors raised their profile in the African market.
According to Joshua Kolajo of Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme: “The event was a great one, with perfect organization. The exhibition was very rich in content, in general, the form provided a good avenue for genuine networking with major players in the ID card ecosystem.”
Robert Palcacois from the World Bank commented: “The conference was a unique learning and networking opportunity for many of the countries that we work with. It will undoubtedly help individual countries grapple with issues of identity.”
According to the survey, over 87 percent of attendees are very likely to return to ID4Africa 2017. Next year’s event will be held in Windhoek, Namibia on April 26 through 28, 2017.
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BiometricUpdate.com was the official journalist for the 2016 forum and exposition.