Gov't to roll out Unique Personal Identifiers in September
The government has
committed to roll out the Unique Personal Identifier (UPI), which will give
newborns in Kenya a distinct lifetime registration number, by September 16,
Nairobi on Tuesday during ID4Africa’s augmented general meeting, Immigration Principal
Secretry Julius Bitok told delegates in attendance that the smart card rollout
was tied to the digitization of government services.
He further noted
that Kenyans will be able to easily access close to 5,000 State services after
conference brings together governments, public institutions, international
agencies, civil society in Africa and leading innovation and technology firms
in the world to discuss and showcase trends in developments in the registration
“As we reflect on
UPI, we are very keen to identity September 16th as the day the government will
be able to roll out some of the activities to support the UPI which will be the
foundation for our smart identity,” he said.
revenue streams and minimise crime linked to identity-theft, the government
will consolidate and digitalize existing registration databases under its
custody and promote pay-to-access use by telecommunication firms and other
businesses that rely on Know-Your-Customer (KYC) profiles.”
Speaking at the
same event, ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo stated that the government does
not intend to re-introduce the Huduma Namba, instead noting that the State will
consult stakeholders to arrive at a broadly acceptable and advanced ID.
“We will consider
what works best for us as a country while factoring in all available options
through a consultative approach that addresses the concerns of many of our
stakeholders,” said CS Owalo.
He added that the
government will provide the necessary policy and regulatory environment for
technology and innovation companies to support its quest for smart
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