Approximately $15-million is to be spent this year on the continued development of a National Identification System for Jamaica.

The money has been made available in the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure.

The project aims to establish a reliable identification system for the country, with a unique National Identification Number.

It is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB.

Under the project, the Registrar General’s Department and the Electoral Office of Jamaica will be reviewed to assess their readiness to accommodate the system.

The government will also begin realigning processes at the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA, to support implementation of the system.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security Work Permit process will also be modified to facilitate the linking of birth and death databases.

The project is slated to end in May 2018.

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