Ethiopia: World Bank Commits $350M to Propel Ethiopia’s Ambitious National ID System

World Bank Backs Ethiopia’s $350M National ID System for 90M Citizens
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In a groundbreaking development, the National ID Office of Ethiopia has secured a substantial funding package of $350 million from the World Bank to drive the implementation of the country’s expansive National ID System. This ambitious project aims to issue national IDs to the vast population of 90 million Ethiopians residing across the nation.

Expressing gratitude to all involved stakeholders, Yodahe Zemichael, the Executive Director of National ID Ethiopia, emphasized the economic significance of the project, drawing a parallel to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, as recently highlighted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD).

Yodahe acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Office of the Prime Minister in securing the substantial funds, highlighting their crucial support for this ambitious endeavor. He extended appreciation to key collaborators, including the Ministry of Revenues and the Administration for Refugee & Returnee Affairs (ARRA), recognizing their vital contributions to the project. Their collaborative efforts have been instrumental in bringing the vision of a comprehensive National ID System for Ethiopia closer to fruition.

Aligning with recent statements from Prime Minister Abiy, Yodahe underscored the economic significance of the National ID System project, drawing parallels between its impact and the monumental scale of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a colossal $5 billion infrastructure project.

The National ID System is poised to have extensive economic implications for the nation, spanning a comprehensive five-year implementation period. Yodahe emphasized that the system will not only streamline administrative processes but will also profoundly impact various sectors, including public services and financial transactions. The overarching goal is to cultivate social trust among Ethiopian citizens, fortify economic growth, and advance overall development by providing a reliable and secure means of identity verification.

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