Zambian government digitises NRCs

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian government is planning to launch digitised National Registrations Cards (NRC) that will have details of individuals, including their educational qualifications, embedded in them next year.

The Ministry of Home Affairs says it is currently converting all manual data into digital form. According to a senior government official, the move was part of the Zambian government’s effort towards the computerisation of the national registration office.

The deputy minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, says the ministry is currently getting  data from as far back as 1964 of people who were registered then, and is converting this data into digital form.

This data, Kampyongo says, : “will then be installed on a computerised system and in a programme dubbed integrated national registration and information system.”

“That will be preceded by the process we shall be calling the Digital Identity Cards which will have the data of every citizen including the passport details, the biodata, education, qualifications and everything will have been captured,” Kampyongo added.

Kampyongo said by the first quarter of next year, the first cards will be printed out.

The initial exercise will be rolled out in Lusaka, Chongwe, Chilanga and Kafue.

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