Secure Identity Alliance announces OSIA Advisory Committee of African government leaders

The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) has announced the composition of its OSIA Advisory Committee, which will help steer the Open Standards Identity API initiative to overcome the perennial issue of vendor lock-in in national ID systems.

The OSIA initiative, which was unveiled at ID4Africa 2019 in Johannesburg after an exclusive interview with Biometric Update, is supported by most of the industry’s major stakeholders.

To provide direct engagement with implementing countries and contribute to the development of OSIA and best practices for ID system governance, experts from a number of African countries have been named to the Advisory Committee.

Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, Director General and CEO of Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will chair the committee. Other members include Konaté Diakalidia of Côte D’Ivoire, Musavuli Mbutho Moussa and Tshikuna Jean Mulumba of DRC, Aimé-Martial Massamba of Gabon, Kingsley Asare Addo and Emmanuel Nortey Botchway of Ghana, and IIC Council President Mory Camara of Guinea. Special Advisor Economic, Financial and Fiscal Affairs to the Prime Minister of Guinea Ansoumane Camara will also participate in the inaugural meeting in Cannes, France in November.

Dr Himi Deen Touré and Ibrahima Sory Keita of Guinea WURI, Tumelo E. Raboletsi of Lesotho, Balsama Hellarison Andriantseheno and Salohy Norotiana Randrianarisoa of Madagascar, Mohamed M. Massaquoi of Sierra Leone, and Judy Obitre-Gama and Grace Nanyanzi of Uganda have also been appointed to the committee.

The advice of the committee will be carried out by the OSIA GitHub Community and OSIA Workgroup. Intercede and Laxton have also joined the OSIA working group.

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