Over a three-year period, Malawi has developed from a country without any form of National ID system or centralized registry of peoples to a country with a high coverage identities infrastructure accompanied by a biometric ID card. Undertaking a National ID program is a significant undertaking for any country, with significant capital and expertise required across the value-chain, from enrollment of citizens biometric data, procuring raw credentials, personalization and installing physical/digital infrastructure for access to government or e-government services. This makes the Malawian project a significant achievement for the region, considering Malawi’s status as an emerging economy.
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