Jamaica’s senate expected to pass national ID and registration bill

Jamaica’s National Identification and Registration Act, 2017, which seeks to establish an identification system for citizens and residents, is expected to be passed at the next sitting of the Senate. The move comes a few months after Prime Minister Andrew Holness initially pledged the government’s commitment to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The government is seeking to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop the identification system, which is being implemented

Jamaica prioritizes establishment of national identification system

Debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill began last week in Jamaica’s House of Representatives with Prime Minister Andrew Holness saying that the government is committed to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica and establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national

Jamaica to use biometric authentication to verify identity of pensioners

The Accountant General’s Department (AGD) of Jamaica is implementing biometrics as a way of identifying pensioners, according to a report by the Jamaica Information Service. Accountant General Carlene Murdock said the use of biometric authentication will significantly reduce processing time because the “pensioners’ information will be recorded in a quicker fashion”. “What this will mean … is that the old order of the life certificates as we know it will change,” Murdock, said. “No longer will a certificate be mailed

Jamaican government agencies discuss using biometrics to improve border security

Jamaican government agencies gathered at the ‘Leveraging Technology for Effective Border Security’ conference, recently held at the National Police College in St Catherine, to discuss the use of biometric technologies to protect the country’s borders, according to a report by Jamaica Observer. Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also committed to taking a multi-agency approach to improving the country’s national security. PICA’s acting CEO, Andrew Wynter, said

Jamaica introducing facial recognition to passport production

Jamaica’s Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is introducing a facial recognition feature to the production of passports. PICA CEO, Jennifer McDonald, said the facial recognition feature was initially trialed at 15 immigration kiosks in the Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and, based on positive results, PICA has decided to expand and incorporate it directly in the passport production process. The project is in the final stages of implementation and is

Jamaica to roll out national ID system by 2020

Jamaica is expected to finally conduct a complete roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans and other residents by 2020, according to a report by the Jamaica Observer. Onika Miller, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament that the framework for NIDS is on track to be ready by this November. “Yes, the project has taken some time [but] now it is at a stage where

Biometric border control kiosks installed at two airports in Jamaica

The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency of Jamaica announced that it has installed automated border control kiosks, provided by air transport and government IT solutions firm SITA, at the airports in Kingston and Montego Bay to process passengers quickly and securely. With these ABC kiosks in operation, Jamaica has become the first country in the Americas to allow passengers visiting from any international location to use kiosks for self-service immigration border clearance. Though many other countries have biometric kiosks in