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National ID system by 2018, says PM

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 6:27 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the National Identification System will be rolled out in January 2018.

He says the system is expected to have a transformative effect on Jamaica, providing a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store personal identity information for citizens and persons residing in the island.

The Prime Minister, who was addressing the Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism Conference in New Kingston today said the national ID system was the first item on the agenda for discussion at today’s meeting of the Cabinet.

He says given all the processes involved in setting up the system, the 2018 target date for it to be operational is ambitious, but achievable.

Holness says it is envisioned that a 'cradle-to-grave' biometric identification system with a unique identification number being used for every Jamaican, with the appropriate anti-fraud features.

He says the information will be accessible through databases and computer networks.

The project is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Some $14.98 billion was allocated this financial year.