Zambia transitions to a digital IDs
More than one million Zambians have signed up for digital identity cards.
This is part of the Integrated National Registration Information System (INRIS) project, which will result in the implementation of a digital national registration card.
INRIS is the Department of National Registration, Passports, and Citizenship's legal identification information management system.
Over the following decade, the effort hopes to enrol 10 million people.
Zambia has begun the third phase of the project's enrollment, which is taking place in the Central and Luapula provinces, as well as 79 national registration district offices across the country.
The Permanent Secretary for the Central Province, Milner Mwanakampwe, identified national registration as a security problem.
"It is among the priority areas that must be achieved in the next ten years," she stated.
Since its independence from Britain in 1964, the Southern African country of nearly 20 million people has used a paper-based card for national identity.
In 2008, the administration highlighted the prospect of transitioning to a digital method of identity.
The topic is being prioritised by President Haikande Hichilema's new administration.