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ID4Africa to provide special symposium on financial sector


This year’s ID4Africa conference will offer a mini-symposium on identification in the financial sector focused on both banking applications and payment solutions. The symposium will be held during the three-day ID4Africa event, scheduled for April 26-28, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia.

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 and the organization holds an annual forum and an exposition on digital identity and associated applications, also entitled “ID4Africa”. This year’s event will be the third annual government meeting of the organization.

ID4Africa was co-founded by the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) and Identity Counsel International (ICI) to promote the transparent and responsible adoption of digital identity in Africa. The aim of ID4Africa is for governments to share experiences and establish real world best practices that set the correct expectations for what is involved in launching successful identity programs. 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 holds its annual meeting to advance high-level dialogue. The event provides a comprehensive platform for governments, international development agencies, solution providers and domain experts to exchange ideas and information. This year, the event will invite the following eminent speakers to discuss financial sector identification issues:

* Alan Gelb, ID4Africa Board Member and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development
* A senior representative from the Central Bank of Nigeria will discuss identity management in banking and financial inclusion in Nigeria.
* Himanshu Nagpal of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will present on financial services available for the poor.
* Jan Nack of DERMALOG will present the case for multibiometrics in the financial sector.
* Cryptovision’s Adam Ross will discuss the convergence of eID, credit cards, and biometrics.
* The interoperable payment system of financial transactions in Ghana will be discussed by Archie Hesse of The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GHIPSS).
* The Head of Identity Practice at Mastercard, Shashi Raghuandan will present payments in the identity ecosystem.
* Dr. Tahir Noor of the Benazir Income Support Program of Pakistan, will discuss identity and payment systems for social protection and financial inclusion.
* Luis Alberto Bullón Salazar from the National Register of Identification and Civil State of Peru will present a case study of Peru’s identity in support of financial systems.

BiometricUpdate.com will provide comprehensive coverage of these sessions as the “official journalist” of the event. Last year, Biometric Update covered delegates from 32 African nations, 22 international development agencies and 80 companies who attended the last event in Kigali, Rwanda, along with providing coverage from the exhibitor space that featured 60 companies. Biometric Update intends to expand its coverage at the upcoming Windhoek event.

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