The proposed Unified Digital Identity Framework, which can accurately verify the identity of individuals in digital and physical environments, is to be implemented with the assistance of an Indian grant. The Cabinet yesterday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to receive that grant.
The statement issued by the Cabinet Office in this regard is as follows.
The Government has decided to prioritize and implement the establishment of a Unified Digital Identity Framework for Sri Lanka as a national level program. Under the proposed Unified Digital Identity Framework, it is hoped to introduce a personal identity verification device based on biometric data, a digital tool that can represent the identities of individuals in cyberspace, and the identification of individuals’ identities in digital and physical environments that can be accurately verified by combining the two devices.
During the bilateral talks between His Excellency the Prime Minister of India and His Excellency the President in December 2019, the Government of India agreed to provide a grant for the implementation of the Sri Lanka Unified Digital Identity Framework.
Accordingly, the proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Technology to carry out the relevant activities for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to obtain the said grant and to implement the proposed project under the grant was approved by the Cabinet.