IITB to develop Aadhaar-like digital database for Morocco

• The International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru will help develop an Aadhaar-like digital platform for Morocco to register its citizens and foreign residents with unique identities.

• The north African country of more than 3.5 crore people had decided to implement the National Population Register that will be a database of Moroccans and foreigners. Each individual in the register will be assigned a unique personal identification number, based on his/her demographic and biometric data.

• With the RNP programme, the Moroccan government intends to improve the targeting of Social Safety Net programmes. The objective is to create a system which can serve as the backbone for delivering services to citizens and foreign residents of Morocco under government programmes using an authentication mechanism.

• IITB will help with the technical know-how. It will provide Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP) application suite, along with relevant documentation and support, to the Moroccan government, which will form part of the RNP Information System.

• Morocco’s population registry will be like Aadhaar of India and the social security number of US. But the technology used in MOSIP will be different and one of its kind.

• Morocco will be the first country to participate in the development of MOSIP and will be its first user. The project is backed by World Bank as part of its efforts to implement digital identification systems across the world.

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