Sri Lanka’s President shows interest in unique digital identity card
President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly reviewed the current status of the proposed “unique digital identity card,” which is to be issued to all citizens once in a life time after obtaining their bio-datas.
Under the programme, individual bio-data could be viewed physically as well as through the internet and the new identity card will contain the most accurate data comprising information required by departments and agencies governed under different laws.
According to reports, the unique card would include information that has to be furnished not only for obtaining passports and driving licenses but also for purposes of pension, relief allowances, income tax, and casting vote.
The new identity card will be prepared by a committee of experts under the direction of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the supervision of a Presidential Task Force.
The President has reportedly instructed the officials to take measures to issue the new identity card to every citizen as soon as possible.
Sri Lanka has in the past few years been focused on transforming the country into a digital economy. Many steps have been taken in this regard including concessions and incentive packages being offered to stakeholders. Sri Lanka’s President is committed to the development of the country’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors. Therefore, at a time when the world is looking at new ways of doing business in the country, Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors have become hotspots for foreign investments. Hence, foreign businesses/investors could explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors.
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