National ID system a priority for government

June 14, 2017
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority.

He said the system will have a “positive transformational effect” on the country and serve to improve the lives of Jamaicans.

“It will support the ease of doing business by impacting positively on security-related programmes, while promoting financial and social inclusion, as well as compliance with tax laws,” the prime minister said.

Prime Minister Holness was opening the debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica; and establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.

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