Seven firms short-listed in Sri Lanka digital ID tender

ECONOMYNEXT – Seven international companies have been shortlisted to supply Sri Lankans with a digital identification, known as the Household Transfer Management (HTM) card,  aimed at enabling a host of transactions to be done online, officials said.

“Sri Lanka is getting ready for a digital transformation,” Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando told a news conference.

“The country is losing $2 million daily by not going digital. There’s a lot of abuse in transactions like welfare and pension payments because the system now is still manual, making it difficult to track transactions properly. Even dead people are receiving pensions.”

Bids for the HTM card are being evaluated, with the system expected to be in place by January 2017, Fernando said.

Secretary of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Wasantha Deshapriya said seven bidders – all international firms – have been shortlisted.

The tender called by the Information and Communications Technology Agency was for designing and implementing the software, hardware and infrastructure for generating a digital identity for citizens and the HTM card system.

“The HTM card will have everyone’s personal details,” Fernando said. “The system is still only used by three developed countries.”
(COLOMBO, Sept 20, 2016)

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