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ID4Africa launches registration for webinar on ID management and COVID-19


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Registration is now open to attend a webinar presented by ID4Africa with some of the leading lights of identity authorities in Africa on “ID Management in Africa in the Era of COVID-19 & Beyond,” giving decision-makers in the continent’s identity management space an opportunity to share their observations and expertise with peers and the global community.

The webinar will be held in English on June 3, 2020 at 2:30pm CET, and while registration is free, space is limited.

Moderated by ID4Africa Executive Director Dr. Joseph Atick, the webinar panel features many of leading government ID authorities from around the continent, including NIMC Director General Aliyu Aziz from Nigeria, and ANGEIE Director General and ID4Africa Identity Council (IIC) President Mory Camara of Guinea, who was elected as the group’s inaugural leader at last year’s annual ID4Africa meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Also on the panel is Judy Obitre-Gama of Uganda’s NIRA, Rueben Kimotho of Kenya’s NRB, William Ayelou from the Office of the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Yodahe Zemichael from the Office of the PM of Ethiopia, and Mouhamed Sy of Senegal’s CMU.

Aziz also serves as chair of the OSIA Advisory Committee, which Camara is also a member of.

The panel will discuss the impact that the pandemic crisis has had on current identity management projects and plans, the need for inclusive digital identity to support service delivery, whether an urgent need to implement alternative payment systems has been created by physical distancing recommendations, and related concerns about how contact and contactless biometric technologies compare. The impact of COVID-19 on privacy and data protection considerations, the role of identity in supporting social safety nets during the crisis, how health ID platforms are required to change and other topics will also be covered during the presentation.

ID4Africa’s annual event for 2020 was originally set for June 2 to 4, but was rescheduled earlier this year to October 28 to 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s edition of the largest identity event in the Global South will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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