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Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa unveiled as host of 2025 ID4Africa AGM

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Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa unveiled as host of 2025 ID4Africa AGM
 

It’s not only the case with sporting events like the FIFA World Cup, or the Olympic Games. The host of the ID4Africa Annual General Meeting is also unveiled in a solemn ceremony that inspires widespread anticipation and huge doses of curiosity.

For the 2025 edition, the pent-up curiosity is now dissipated as the city of Addis Ababa has been unveiled as the host of Africa’s biggest identity gathering in twelve months’ time, May 20 to 24.

The choice was disclosed on Day 2 of the ongoing AGM in Cape Town, putting an end to what the movement’s executive chairman, Dr. Joseph Atick, described jokingly as “one of the worst kept secrets.”

Before unveiling the decision, Atick quickly explained that competition for the hosting right was fierce as all the six shortlisted countries met almost all the laid down criteria.

“For 2025, there were six finalists, with many of them coming very close to each other, except that one little thing was missing. However, we came out with a clear-cut choice because we thought this country fully satisfied all the requirements we were looking for. But the other ones are not losers,” said Atick, addressing a packed and dead silent auditorium.

He went on: “The selection of the host country is not a simple task. It starts a year and a half in advance. We look at many factors including the political will, infrastructure, and also whether the country is supportive of the digital identity agenda, and the yearly Identity Day initiative.”

He said apart from the prestige that comes with hosting the ID4Africa AGM, host countries make other benefits including huge economic gains through spending on travels, lodging and other tourist ventures by participating delegates.

At this point, Atick let the cat out of the bag, declaring: “the host of the 2024 ID4Africa AGM is… Ethiopia.” The announcement fell amid thunderous applause from the audience, with members of the Ethiopian delegation in this year’s event jumping for joy.

Taking the floor to deliver an acceptance speech after the announcement, an Ethiopian government representative expressed exceeding gratitude to ID4Africa for the honor and promised that they’ll work to exceed expectations by offering delegates the best of comfort and hospitality.

“It is a great honor as we accept this task. It is a huge honor for us. We are humbled by the trust you have placed in us to host the global identity community. It is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the identity agenda,” the official said.

“It [the AGM] will coincide with Ethiopia’s 2025 digital strategy. We will ensure a successful hosting of the event. It will be a unique assembly, and we’ll give diverse flavor to the AGM. We shall exceed expectations and we won’t let you down.”

Thereafter, all the members of the Ethiopian delegation in Cape Town were ushered on to the stage to celebrate the victory.

The format for ID4Africa 2025 will return to the country host format, which this year’s 10th anniversary event departed from. Ethiopia’s Office of the Prime Minister will host next year’s gathering.

Biometric Update intends to cover the proceedings from live on location, as it has for nearly all past ID4Africa AGMs.

Meanwhile, Atick mentioned that the process of selecting the 2026 host country has already been launched, and that countries interested in placing their bid should do so.

In March, Ethiopia hosted the first edition of MOSIP Connect, an event that rallied major players in the digital identity space for three days in Addis Ababa.

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