Togo government planning a biometric census of the population

The government of the West African nation of Togo is gearing up to begin a biometric census of the population under its eID Togo project, Togo First reports.

According to Kanka-Malik Natchaba, who heads the coordination of the presidential cell in charge of executing and monitoring key projects (CPES), “The project is at the pre-launch stage. Preliminary studies have been completed. The firm that will carry out the project is almost selected and its development strategy is defined by authorities”.

Media reports indicate that the project is expected to commence this month and the plan is to provide everyone living in Togo, citizens or not, a single biometric ID so the government would have reliable information on the residents for a better provision of social and public services.

The biometric ID system is based on India’s Aadhaar model and should integrate safely to the State’s database. The system will also align with an eGov project to digitize state services.

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