Ghana’s National Identification Authority (NIA) has begun the first nationwide instant issuance of eIDs in West Africa. The new “GhanaCard” meets all international requirements for identity documents, such as chip-embedded technology and biometric capabilities.

Identity Management Systems is the prime contractor for the Ghana National ID project. Along with Entrust Datacard, the other subcontractors for the project include Intelligent Card Production Systems, X-Infotech, Dermalog, Cryptovision, Smart Packaging Solutions, NXP Semiconductors and IDFG.

“Identity Management Systems designed a custom solution that fits Ghana’s economic and social needs, utilizing Entrust Datacard printers,” said Xavier Coemelck, regional vice president for Entrust Datacard EMEA. “Entrust Datacard technologies will enable the government of Ghana to improve service to its citizens and help ensure secure access to rights and services. This project demonstrates our ability to customize our solutions to fit all customer requirements.”

Using Entrust Datacard instant issuance technology, Identity Management Systems will support the National Identification Authority to facilitate mass registration of citizens throughout the country, promoting shorter travel and wait times for the new ID cards.

“We are proud to introduce the first instant identity issuance in the region which improves the NIS experience for citizens and ensures social inclusion,” said Professor Ken Attafuah, Executive Secretary of NIA. “We are also grateful to our subcontractors who have helped us launch and facilitate the National Identification System.”

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