Myanmar launches biometric eID pilots
16 December 2016 12:22 GMT

The Myanmar government is conducting a pilot project to substitute paper National Registration Cards with “smarter” digital identification cards in Naypyidaw and Mandalay.

Speaking in the country’s assembley, Minister U Thein Swe revealed details of the project after a Lower House lawmaker inquired about the ministry’s plan for “smarter” national ID cards during Wednesday’s parliamentary session.

The plan to replace National Registration Cards with Smart Cards is a priority in the e-government system” the minister told lawmakers, reports the Irrawaddy.

U Thein Swe added that after the pilot project in Naypyidaw and Mandalay is finished, the project will be implemented in other states and divisions.

The pilot project launched in some townships in Naypyidaw last week and in Mandalay on December 13.

In order to carry out the initiative, immigration officers record citizens’ fingerprints, eye scans, and take a photo of each individual, according to the ministry.

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