ID4Africa: 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa

2-4 June 2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania On 2-4 June 2015, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania, together with APSCA and the Identity Counsel International will host the 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanazania. The theme is “How National eID can Support Social and Economic Development”. This inaugural event under ID4Africa will focus on digital identity (eID) and its applications for driving socio-economic development in Africa;

Explainer: Electronic ID (eID)

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