Guinea adopts OSIA-based identity management system

Issue 3 2021 News & Events

The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) announced that Guinea’s National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion (ANIES) will deploy an OSIA-based identity management system in support of the most vulnerable groups within the country.

Currently, approximately 40% of its population is undocumented and lacks any formal identity. This group is therefore unable to access government support.

Beginning with a population census, ANIES plans to provide all citizens with a legal identity during 2021 through an ambitious biometric registration programme. Once enrolment is completed, citizens will be provided with a legal identity and a ‘beneficiary card’ providing access to a range of financial services and social rights.

A universal interoperability framework, OSIA provides open standard interfaces (APIs) to connect the building blocks of an identity management ecosystem. OSIA unleashes market innovation, facilitates the implementation of multi-vendor programmes and enables identity as a service.

Philippe Barreau, chairman of the board, Secure Identity Alliance, said: “The OSIA initiative represents a new era of openness and collaboration between industry and governments across the world to resolve the interoperability and data sharing challenges."

Debora Comparin, chair of the OSIA Workgroup, added “Harnessing the power of APIs, OSIA is an efficient and cost-effective way of leveraging industry expertise while pushing continuous innovation and remaining confident that governments will be able to grow their ecosystem with new building blocks and services with limited integration efforts”.

The OSIA functional and technical specifications are freely available on the GitHub collaboration platform: https://github.com/SecureIdentityAlliance/osia




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