The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Commission), through the Directorate of Free Movement of Persons and Migration, is organizing the first regional awareness raising and sensitization on the West Africa Unique Identification Program for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI).
The meeting to be held virtually on September 29, 2022 aims to sensitize stakeholders on the functions related to the management of the identification of all fifteen (15) ECOWAS Member States to enhance their understanding of the WURI program and its highlight the regional integration opportunities inherent in the program. Specifically, the meeting will seek to (1) raise awareness of the WURI program and the role of the Commission in facilitating regional dialogues for interoperability of core identification systems and mutual recognition of credentials among participating Member States ; (2) Clarify the link between the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card (ENBIC) and the unique identity number issued by the WURI program; and (3) Provide a platform for participating WURI Member States to inform attending stakeholders of their experience, achievements, challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of their respective projects.
Representatives of: (a) Heads of ECOWAS National Offices; (b) Ministries of the Digital Economy; (c) Ministries responsible for civil registration/basic identification systems; (d) agencies/departments of ministries of interior/security with identification management functions, as appropriate in each Member State; and (e) representatives of the World Bank and the ECOWAS Commission.
The WURI is a multi-phase program funded by the World Bank and implemented by Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger and Togo, and the ECOWAS Commission, with the objective increase the number of people in participating countries who have government-recognized unique proof of identity that allows access to services. More specifically, the Commission aims to foster regional dialogues and cooperation for cross-border mutual recognition of key identity systems for access to services.
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