Plans for the development of a National Identification System (NIDS) have been advanced with a further allotment of $32.48 million.
The funds have been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
Being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, through funding from the Korean International Corporation Agency, the project seeks to establish a reliable identification system of Jamaican citizens. A unique National Identification Number would be the primary identifier of a person in the system.
Up to February 2013, a NIDS project plan was developed; a general procurement notice, procurement plan was approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and a tender for legal and communications consultants advertised.
Additionally, a NIDS draft policy has been developed; a consultant selected to administer baseline research; and terms of reference developed and approved by the IDB to recruit consultants to include an Identity Management Consultant.
It is anticipated that for the 2013/14 period, the NIDS Policy Document will be finalised; legal and institutional frameworks will be developed; and a baseline research report produced.
Further, a communication programme is expected to commence. This is in addition to the completion of: an economic cost benefit analysis, as well as a NIDS Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Design.
The project, which began in September 2011, is scheduled to end in April 2014.
In the meantime, the Government is providing $14.89 million to assist the National Registration (Preparatory) Unit with carrying out its duties. This is the unit responsible for overseeing the activities being undertaken to support the establishment of NIDS.
Full implementation of the system is scheduled for 2019.