Somalia Takes Digital Leap with Launch of National Identity Card System

Somalia embraces digital IDs

Somalia is taking a significant step towards establishing a central database of unique identification numbers for its citizens, marking the first endeavor of its kind in 33 years.


On September 16, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre received their national identity cards, symbolizing the nation’s desire to compile accurate demographic data for its adult population.

Somalia embraced digital IDs
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (Right) and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre ( Left) {Photo/Courtesy}

The ceremony, which took place in Dusamareb town in Central Somalia and at Afasyioni Hall within the Aden Abdulle International Airport perimeter, was not just a symbolic gesture. It signified the commencement of a historic national identification card and registration process aimed at driving digital transformation in Somalia.

President Mohamud highlighted the importance of this development in a statement, emphasizing how the national identification cards would enhance security, public service delivery, and enable citizens to establish their identities.

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Prime Minister Barre echoed these sentiments, emphasizing that the new biometric identity card system would grant citizens their full constitutional rights and foster national cohesion.

The rollout of this identification system is expected to pave the way for Somalia to address socioeconomic challenges, boost development, strengthen democracy, and uphold the rule of law.

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It marks a crucial milestone as the nation works to modernize its administrative systems and provide its citizens with a reliable and universally recognized means of identification.

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