Gov’t to in­tro­duce nat’l dig­i­tal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

BAR­BA­DOS IS work­ing to­wards in­tro­duc­ing a na­tional dig­i­tal ID, which could be rolled out over the next six months.

Prime Min­is­ter Mia Amor Mot­t­ley shared this in­for­ma­tion on Wed­nes­day as she spoke about the de­liv­ery econ­omy, which has emerged sig­nif­i­cantly with the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“The de­liv­ery econ­omy is right now with us, and we only need to nur­ture it. For decades, the su­per­mar­kets were try­ing to do it. They never got any­where. Banks were try­ing to do it. They didn’t get any buy-in, and all of a sud­den, ev­ery­body now re­alises con­tact­less com­merce is here and needs to be ex­ploited,” said Mot­t­ley, who was speak­ing at a we­bi­nar hosted by Or­ga­ni­za­tion of East­ern Car­ib­bean States en­ti­tled Busi­ness Un­usual – Re­cal­i­brat­ing Busi­ness and Na­tional Strate­gies for Eco­nomic Growth and In­vest­ment Cre­ation.

The prime min­is­ter stressed that the mo­men­tum was there and that Bar­ba­dos was try­ing to en­sure the com­ple­tion of the dig­i­tal-pay­ments process within the next few months.

“So that not only mat­ters per­tain­ing to food, but the de­liv­ery of pen­sion cheques from our so­cial se­cu­rity agencies will be a thing of the past. That we can lit­er­ally have wel­fare ben­e­fits and child main­te­nance ben­e­fits and all of these things ul­ti­mately loaded on to a phone or card, de­pend­ing … . We are now mov­ing, in our own case in Bar­ba­dos, to the na­tional dig­i­tal ID, which, hope­fully, will be rolled out over the course of the next six months,” she added.

MOT­T­LEY

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