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.