ICT minister promotes development of Namibia’s digital identity

ICT Minister Emma Theofelus met with the Chief Digital Officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Robert Opp, to discuss UNDP’s support for digital transformation Strategies for Namibia’s Digital ID.

This collaboration is well aligned with the Ministry’s strategic plan, which ensures effective leadership in the provision of policy developments in ICT and Digital Government, among other areas.

The UNDP Model Governance Framework for digital legal ID, including the necessary legislative frameworks, will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS).

Both parties committed to continuing their collaboration and exploring additional avenues for partnership.

The Ministry of Information spokesperson, Shoki Kandjimi, highlighted that the meeting did not discuss a new partnership but rather focused on the existing relations between Namibia and the UNDP. Creating an interactive digital tool for public service is one of the ongoing projects and initiatives between Namibia and the UNDP.

“The ongoing projects and initiatives between the UNDP and Namibia include developing an interactive digital tool for public service, “Being a Public Servant in Namibia: The Pocket Guide 2.0.”  Business Process Reengineering: Aimed at integrating all MHAISS systems and services into one platform.

Capacity Building and Digital Literacy: Initiatives to enhance skills and knowledge. National Digital Strategy: The UNDP Accelerator Lab, in collaboration with Impact Tank, has facilitated the development of the National Digital Strategy, which is now in the final stages of approval by the Cabinet for implementation,” said Kandjimi.

Furthermore, through the partnership, Namibia will be able to move digital and e-government and stay up to date with the rapidly evolving field of technology.

Kandjimi further cited that the goal is to create an online government service system using the alliance, so establishing a digital and e-government.

This will relieve the system and the people of a burden by removing the need to visit offices to obtain information that is available online.

Kandjimi highlighted that the partnership being discussed is in harmony with the Ministry’s strategic plan.

“This collaboration is well aligned with the Ministry’s strategic plan, which ensures effective leadership in the provision of policy developments for ICT and Digital Government, among other areas,” added Kandjimi