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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2022. 11:10 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize is now looking toward implementing a National Identification System, which Government says is “is fundamental to [its] commitment to transforming Belize into a digital nation as highlighted in the National Digital Agenda.”

A first stakeholder workshop was held on Monday by the E-Governance and Digitalization Unit under the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics & E-Governance, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), for the development of a National Identification Management Strategy and Pilot.

Through a multi-stakeholder approach, the project aims to design a comprehensive and innovative action plan for the implementation of a national ID system in Belize. The project is being funded by the Bank through a regional technical cooperation, “Promoting Identity Management in LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) for Effective COVID-19 Actions.”

The Government says, “The current multiple identification systems pose many challenges for citizens to access services. It results in unnecessary red tape, duplication and costs. Therefore, the development of a National ID System is critical to improving access to basic rights, services and goods by citizens such as applying for a passport, opening a bank account, accessing health services, collecting social benefits, and securely conducting online transactions. The government recognizes the importance of empowering individuals and enhancing their access to rights and services; strengthening the transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness of government; supporting private sector development, and growing the digital economy. Together, we will create public value.”

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