Pakistan Signed Agreement For Developing The Somali National Identification System
Pakistan Signed Agreement For Developing The Somali National Identification System: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi witnessed the signing ceremony of an agreement between Pakistan and Somalia for a grant of 10.5 million US Dollars and provision of technical assistance for the development of Somalia’s National Identification System.
The Ceremony held at PM Office was attended by Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Chairman NADRA and State Minister of State for Interior Abdullahi Farah Wehliye, Somalian Ambassador Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi and their Senior Officials.
As part of the initiative, National Database & Registration Authority will develop and supply Technology, Software and Equipment which will enable the Government of Somalia to have a state-of-the-art National DATA and Citizen Registration System.
In a ceremony held at Prime Minister’s Office on May 23rd, Pakistan and Somalia have forged a collaboration for a $10.5 million grant to provide technical assistance for developing the Somali National Identification System.
As part of this collaboration, the Pakistani National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) will help the Government of Somalia to build a state-of-the-art national data and registration system. NADRA will not only develop the technology but also supply software and equipment to enable the national identification system.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi witnessed the agreement as Minister of Finance Mr. Miftah Ismail signed the documents.
The Somali side was represented by their Minister of State Abdullahi Farah Wehliye, Head of ID Project Dr. Nur Derie Hersi, Ambassador Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi and other officials.
The Somali State Minister expressed gratitude to the Government of Pakistan for the assistance it will provide in the development of this system. This transfer of knowledge and technology will equip the Government of Somalia to deploy systems for border management and election’s management.
Underscoring Pakistan-Somalia friendly relations, the State Minister said that opening of Pakistan’s Embassy in Mogadishu would further strengthen the friendly relations of the two countries. Minister for Finance Dr. Miftah Ismail reciprocated the warm sentiments of the Somalian Minister and said that Pakistan valued its ties with the Government and people of Somalia.
A statement from the PM Office termed the signing of the NADRA contract a great significance and said it would help in further enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries.
The project complements the Government’s “Look Africa” policy for enhanced engagement with the African continent, the statement said.
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