Gov’t Launch National Public Key Infrastructure


The government launched the National Public Key Infrastructure, PKI, Project yesterday, which is said to be the foundation for the National Identification System, NIDS.

Technology Minister Fayval Williams who addressed the launch of the project says the initiative will provide the security for the National Identification card.

She also explained how the system is designed to operate.

Minister Williams also sought to make the case for a mandatory national identification system.

The government says the country should expect a new-look National Identification and Registration bill by the end of the current fiscal year.

In April last year, the Constitutional Court declared the National Identification Registration Act, NIRA, null and void and of no legal effect.

NIRA was to govern the implementation of NIDS.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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