In 2017, a global coalition of countries and United Nations affiliates christened the 16th of September as International ID-Day to create awareness for Target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The mission is to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030.
To meet this target locally, the Nigerian Federal Government has evaluated that establishing a digital identity ecosystem is the most effective and efficient approach. The Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Project is currently in development and is supported by a $115 million credit facility from the World Bank.
This year, on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, TechCabal in partnership with VerifyMe will mark International ID-day by bringing industry veterans together to explore the state of digital identity in the country.
The event will examine how digital ID will unlock the immense potential in Nigeria's e-governance and digital economy specifically, as it relates to growth in non-oil revenue streams such as fintech and e-commerce.
Speakers for the event include:
Mitchell Elegbe, Founder / Group Managing Director, Interswitch.
Esigie Aguele, Co-Founder and CEO, VerifyMe Nigeria.
Chidi Uguru, Head of Partnerships, Big Cabal Media
Some of the key questions to be addressed are:
Why is digital identity so fundamental to Nigeria's progress?
How will a digital identity ecosystem enable the Nigerian tech community, particularly fintech?
How can entrepreneurs and professionals participate in shaping the digital identity system?
What will the KYC process look like in the next 5-10 years?
Who are the players in the Nigerian digital identity harmonization committee?
What factors have limited the successful execution of a digital identity ecosystem?
Attendees will be able to ask the speakers burning questions in an interactive session. The event is open to everyone who is playing in the African technology industry both on and off the continent.