World Bank finances 90 mln Bangladeshis to get National ID cards

16:34, July 22, 2011      

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Bangladesh has signed a loan agreement worth 195 million U.S. dollars with the World Bank for a project to produce and distribute new national identity cards to an estimated 90 million citizens of 18 years and above.

According to a press release of the Washington-based lender received here Friday, the Bangladedshi government Thursday signed the loan agreement with the bank for its "Identification System for Enhanced Access to Services (IDEA) Project".

"The project will produce and distribute new national identity cards to an estimated 90 million citizens of 18 years and above and will have robust security features to provide protection from fraud and forgery," it said.

Arastoo Khan, additional secretary of Bangladesh's Economic Relations Division, and Tahseen Sayed, acting country director of the WB Bangladesh, signed the loan agreement Thursday in Dhaka on behalf of their respective sides.

According to the statement, the project will support the Bangladeshi government to develop a secure, accurate and reliable national identification (ID) system which will serve as the basis for a more efficient and transparent service delivery.

The IDEA project will enhance the functionality of the existing national ID system through improved infrastructure, expanded data collection, and the provision of reliable, quick identity verification services to public and private entities, it said.

The bank in its previous press release issued in the middle of the March this year said the technical design of the project is near completion but did not mention in the latest statement anything about the tenure of the project.

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