Zambia to build a Cadre of Young People to Propel Digital Identity Systems

Cape Town, South Africa, May 25th, 2024, SZI…SMART Zambia National Coordinator, Mr Percy Chinyama, has announced plans to build a team of young minds straight from school to champion a robust digital identity system for the country.

Mr Chinyama said this during a workshop on Accelerating Sustainable Digital Transformation through Collaborative Efforts between GovStack and DPx at the ID4AFRICA 2024 conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
The conference brought together takeholders in digital identity governance from across the continent.

“The goal is to create a “cadre of young minds” who are not yet influenced by other ideas and can be trained to develop a center of excellence for digital identity. This team will be responsible for creating a robust digital ID system that can transform the country’s information systems, ” he said.

“We can create a policy to replace information systems we have countrywide. If you have a dedicated team for this initiative,” he emphasized the potential impact of this project on Zambia’s economy.”

Mr Chinyama announced that,” our vision is to create a digital identity system that is secure, efficient, and inclusive, and can support Zambia’s economic growth and development. ”

He explained that the team of young minds will be tasked with developing a system that can integrate with existing information systems, and provide a robust and reliable platform for identity verification and authentication.

“This initiative has the potential to transform the way Zambia manages its information systems, and can serve as a model for other countries in the region, ” he said.

As the conference came to a close, the audience was left with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the future of digital identity governance in Africa.

The ID4AFRICA conference provided a platform for experts to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices in digital identity governance, and Zambia’s announcement is a clear indication of the country’s commitment to taking a lead in this area.

The region has a lot to gain from Zambia’s initiative, and it is hoped that other countries will follow suit and invest in building robust digital identity systems.

As the continent continues to grapple with the challenges of digital transformation, initiatives like this one offer a glimmer of hope for a more secure, efficient, and inclusive digital future.

Indeed, Zambia’s call to action on digital identity governance is a bold step towards a more secure and prosperous future for the region, and it is hoped that other countries will join in this effort to create a more integrated and harmonized digital identity ecosystem in Africa.

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