Pakistan, Somalia ink $10.5 million agreement for ID system

Islamabad (UNA-OIC) � Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi witnessed on Wednesday the signing of an agreement between Pakistan and Somalia for a grant of $10.5 million and provision of technical assistance for the development of Somalia's National Identification System.

The signing ceremony here at the Prime Minister's Office was attended by Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Musadiq Malik, Secretaries of Finance and Interior Divisions, Chairman of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and senior officials.

The Somali side included Minister of State for Interior Abdullahi Farah Wehliye, Head of ID project Dr. Nur Derie Hersi, Ambassador Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi and their senior officials.

As part of the initiative, NADRA will develop and supply technology, softwareand equipment to enable the Somali government to have a state-of-the-art national data and citizen registration system. The 'knowledge and technology' transfer will also help Somalia in Border Management and Elections Management system.

Somali State Minister for Interior Wehliye thanked the government of Pakistan for its assistance in the development of National ID System of Somalia.

Underscoring Pakistan-Somalia friendly relations, he said that opening of Pakistan's Embassy in Mogadishu would further strengthen the friendly ties between the two countries.

A statement from the PM Office termed the signing of the NADRA contract a great significance, saying it would help in further enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries.

The project complements the Pakistani government's Look Africa policy for enhanced engagement with the African continent, the statement said.

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Source: International Islamic News Agency