ACCRA, President Nana Additional Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday became the first recipient of the GhanaCard, the country new identification document which signals a new era of contemporary robust identification which will expedite Ghana’s development drive.

The new National Identification Card will meet all basic biometric needs of the country and will enable the harmonization and integration of all other data services in Ghana — passport, national health insurance, social security and driving licence.

At the official launch and live test of the National Identification System (NIS) in Accra Friday, preceding the mass registration and issuance of the card in November, President Akufo-Addo said the event was a practical fulfillment of a promise he made before the 2016 election to modernize and formalize Ghana’s economy by establishing a credible national database via the NIS.

He said the roll-out of the Ghanacard pointed to the dawn of a new day in biometric identity management in Ghana, and the virtues of a public-private partnership arrangement in meeting the country’s development needs.

The GhanaCard roll-out was a collaboration between the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Identity Management Systems, a subsidiary of the Margins Group, an indigenous identity, security and transaction solutions provider. The card, wholly designed and produced in Ghana, is benchmarked to the latest cutting-edge international security standards.

Elated that the NIA was about to commence the registration and instant issuance of national IDs to Ghanaians at home and abroad, the President said the event highlighted the seriousness that his government attached to the project.