Roundtable: Accelerating Digital Transformation and Identity for All through Mobile
Access to a government-recognised digital Identity will be increasingly crucial as countries are implementing their Digital Transformation strategies. Individuals’ ability to digitally identify themselves – both online and offline – will be key to their participation in a digital society and accessing life-enhancing services including healthcare, voting, education, financial services, employment and social protections. Mobile plays a key role in enabling digital participation yet having a unique mobile subscription depends on presenting proof-of-identity in 147 countries. GSMA research found that where such policies are in place, mobile penetration in a country is usually directly proportional to the share of the population with access to a recognised form of identification. This roundtable session aims to explore questions such as:
- What roles can mobile operators play in enabling or accelerating the digital identity ecosystem?
- What have different African countries’ experiences been in linking digital identities to a national mobile SIM registration exercise?
- How can Governments accelerate Digital Transformation while enabling access to mobile services?