Pakistan to soon convert all CNICs to digital wallets

Digital Wallet

The Covid-19 pandemic already accelerated the importance of whole notion of ‘digital identity’ that is an app on your phone and now Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is also working to make the computerised national identity card (CNIC) a digital ID wallet under the government’s Digital Pakistan vision.

“Translating this vision into reality, we have launched the Pak Identity mobile app as a key building block of digital ID to facilitate applicants of national identity cards through an online portal. The app helps capture biometric fingerprints, facial recognition and scan documents needed for processing a person’s ID card using smartphones, without visiting a Nadra office or embassy,” Nadra chief Tariq Malik said.

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“In a short span, 75,000 overseas Pakistanis have processed their national identity cards [called Nicop] from the comfort of their homes by using the app, which is supported by two-factor authentication,” he explained. The mobile app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

The launch of this app will make Pakistan the first country to implement “contactless biometric” acquisition and verification using smartphone cameras. “With successful testing on 75,000 overseas Pakistanis, Nadra will go for a digital wallet,” he said.

Explaining the features of digital wallet, the Nadra chairman said it would be a unique digital ID. “This innovation will revolutionise the national ID eco-system in Pakistan by ensuring public convenience, and is a leap forward putting an end to the conventional physical ID,” he said.

“The digital dividends of such technology innovation will yield positive results in contactless banking, financial inclusion, ease of doing business and e-governance initiatives by offering remote identification and e-KYC (electronic know your customer),” he added.

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