A contract on computerizing ID cards in Afghanistan, which was signed between the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology and JTR in December 2010, is going to kick off on December 30 of this year, with President Karzai receiving the first computerized ID card before its distributed all over the country.
The project was delayed in 2010 because time was needed for capacity building, according to Telecommunication Minister Eng. Amirzai Sangin.
Cabinet ministers are yet to decide on the languages and design of the cards.
The project would be carried out in three phases at a cost of USD 101 million. The first phase would start in Kabul, and in the second phase the cards would be issued in 15 provinces within a year. The third phase would cover the remaining 18 provinces that would take about 16 months.
The computerized card system would contribute to improving the security across the country, as it would have more accurate information on the citizen and also help identify the exact population of the country.
According to Mr. Sangin, Afghanistan would be the first country in the region to issue computerized IDs to its citizens.
The facility would also help in preventing frauds in the upcoming presidential election and also eliminate expenses in printing voters’ cards.