Togo: Government to soon start biometric census of the population

Economic governance
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:14
Togo: Government to soon start biometric census of the population

(Togo First) - In Togo, the government should soon start a biometric census of the population, under its e-ID Togo project.

“The project is at the pre-launch stage. Preliminary studies have been completed. The firm that will carry out the project is almost selected and its development strategy is defined by authorities”. This was revealed to Togo First by Kanka-Malik Natchaba, who heads the coordination of the presidential cell in charge of executing and monitoring key projects (CPES).

According to a document released at the end of 2018, the project is expected to commence this month.

In effect, it plans to provide everyone living in Togo, citizens or not, a single biometric ID. This way, the government would have reliable information on the residents for a better provision of social and public services.

The biometric ID system is based on India’s Aadhaar model and should integrate safely to the State’s database for a reliable identification.

Also, it aligns with the e-Gouv project which aims to digitalize State services, another project whose goal is to develop a digital industry in Togo.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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