Jamaica Gleaner / Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the new National Identification System (NIDS) is important to the Government’s thrust to combat corruption.
Prime Minister Holness says anti-corruption efforts require a process that establishes, verifies and certifies identity.
He says having several different databases of identity without the ability to crossmatch, do not enhance transparency.
Holness says the absence of a uniform system of identification enables corrupt persons to escape accountability if they cannot be identified.
The prime minister says this is the reason why it is necessary for Jamaica to establish NIDS.
The prime minister was speaking on Sunday at a certification ceremony for 434 persons trained under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported National Integrity Action (NIA)/Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) ‘Integrity Champions’ programme.
The bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica, and a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.
The bill, when it becomes law, will pave the way for the implementation of a National Identification System.
Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number which they will have for life.
The implementation and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority.
The Authority will replace the Registrar’s General Department (RGD).