Mogadishu, 18 September 2023 (TDI): The Federal Republic of Somalia has initiated the establishment of a national identification system, in collaboration with NADRA Pakistan, marking a significant achievement for the ID4Africa initiative. 

This project is part of a broader effort to grant digital identities to all African citizens by 2030.

Prime Minister Somali Hamza Abdi Barre officially launched the Somalia National ID during the inaugural National ID conference organized by NIRA Somalia in Mogadishu on September 16. 

The event was graced by the presence of Somalia’s development partners, including Paki­stan, the EU, the World Bank Group, the UK, the USA, Gulf countries, Africa, diplomats, and UN agen­cies.

The Prime Minister of Somalia conveyed his appreciation to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and NADRA for their assistance in the implementation of the Somali National ID system.

Additionally, he extended his gratitude for their support in enhancing the capacity of NIRA Somalia. 

A different number of dignitaries present at the event, such as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Catriona Laing, and the British Ambassador to Somalia, Mike Nithavri­anakis, commended NADRA’s robust systems and extended their congratulations to the governments of Pakistan and Somalia for this remarkable achievement. 

The Government of Paki­stan extended a multi-million dollar grant for the National ID System of Somalia.  

This development will empower NIRA and the Ministry of Interior Somalia to fulfill their mission of improving the nation’s governance, security, and socio-economic progress by furnishing the people of Somalia with a secure and universally accepted means of identification. 

Furthermore, this system will streamline the delivery of public services, including social welfare programs, healthcare services, and electoral procedures, ultimately resulting in enhanced governance.

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The identity system will also play a pivotal role in promoting financial inclusion in Somalia, making it easier for citizens to access banking and financial services, thereby stimulating economic growth. 

Chairman NADRA Asad Rehman Gilani said, “NADRA takes immense pride in the successful execution and launch of Somalia’s National Identi­fication System, a testament to the power of collaboration and innova­tion.

This achievement reinforces Pakistan’s vision for a more secure and prosperous Somalia, where every citizen has access to reliable identifi­cation” said Chairman NADRA Asad Rehman Gilani. 

“The National ID System will not only bolster security but also pave the way for inclusive development, financial empowerment, and improved gov­ernance. It is a shining example of NAD­RA’s commitment to excellence and our dedication to our global partners” he added.