Digital Identity for the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 :extraordinary session of the African Union Assembly
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This paper was prepared at the request of the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, and was discussed at the Senior Experts Meeting of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Trade, Industry and Minerals, which took place on 17 October 2018 in Addis Ababa. The goal is to have the STC issue policy recommendations serve as a basis for an ulterior decision on an initiative on Digital Identity for Africa, to be considered during the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. The Digital Identity Initiative works with the regional economic communities and member States to define the minimum requirements for the establishment of Digital Identity platforms in African countries. This will help to maximize benefits for the country and continental aspirations while minimizing associated risks. It ensures universal coverage, safeguards for data security and ownership, and interoperability across other systems and across countries, while respecting country sovereignty. The Digital Identity Initiative will be harmonized with other ongoing work on the continent, such as legal identity and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, which together form foundation identity systems. The Digital Identity Initiative is intended to support the promotion of a common understanding and implementation of Digital Identity platforms in Africa, including providing capacity-building to member States.
Citation“United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa (2018-11). Digital Identity for the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 :extraordinary session of the African Union Assembly. Addis Ababa. © UN. ECA. ”
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