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Media Briefing on New Identity Card

Date: August 30, 2013
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - 30 August, 2013: The Mauritius National Identity Scheme (MNIS) was the focus of a media briefing which was held yesterday at St Georges Hotel in Port Louis. The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay; the Project Director of the MNIS, Mr Rao Ramah, and Mr R. Hawabhay and Mr. G. Pavaday of the Central Informatics Bureau were present.
In his address,  Mr Pillay expressed his satisfaction that Government has embarked on the project which according to him was long overdue since the present ID card dates back to 1986. With the advent of the new ID Card System which uses smart card technology, the Government is setting up the appropriate infrastructure that guarantees a more modern and secure ID card coupled with a new, reliable, computerised Central Population Database system, he said. The Minister recalled that the vision of the Government is to have a modern and innovative society where modern logistics can meet the demands of the population.
In a presentation Mr Ramah pointed out that the MNIS is a cornerstone project that will offer Mauritians a modern, more secure and efficient NIS. It lays the infrastructure for a more efficient, streamlined and reliable Citizen to Government transactions. With an efficient and secure system of identification and authentication, the MNIS paves the way for the modernisation and digitalisation of government services, he said.
With regard to  the specificities of the new card data that will be on the front are the photo of the person, ID number, surname, first name, surname at birth, gender, date of birth and signature. At the back, the card will comprise a barcode (ID card number), card control number, ID number and date of issue. Encoded information in the chip will comprise civil data such as ID number, surname, first name, surname at birth, gender, date of birth, as well as residential address, fingerprints minutiae, and digital certificate.
For his part, Mr Hawabhay listed out the benefits of the project. He said that it is a platform to migrate to effective and efficient e-government service. The MNIS also will provide clean and trusted data on card and in ID systems, he added.
MNIS Project
The MNIS, to the tune of Rs 1,1 billion, is set to provide new national ID cards to all citizens of the Republic of Mauritius of 18 years and above, and involves the setting up of new digital infrastructure for reliably storing citizen records and implementing the use of the new electronic ID card in eGovernment services.
The project is spearheaded by the Prime Minister’s Office, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and a consortium of experts from Singapore led by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, which is an entity of the Government of Singapore.
The new ID card will be distributed to the l public as from October 2013 and is one of the major pillars in the implementation of e-government by the Government of Mauritius. A pilot phase will run as from September 2013 so as to fine-tune the procedures for conversion before the official kick off in October.
Once the period of conversion kicks off, a person applying for the new card will have to report  to one of the 10 Conversion centres across the island and bring along the following documents:  birth certificate, marriage certificate, old ID card and proof of address. The conversion will start in October 2013 and will end in September 2014.
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