Groß-Bieberau, den 19.01.2017. The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population hosted a three-day workshop on International Experiences with National ID Cards in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Union Minister H.E. U Thein Swe opened the workshop, attended by many high ranking officials from across Government, including Immigration Permanent Secretary U Myint Kyaing and Deputy Permanent Secretary U Thaung Zaw. The workshop gathered a number of international experts, including from the University of Washington’s Evans School Policy Analysis & Research Group (EPAR), the Inter-American Development Bank (IAD) as well as representatives from Cambodia and Japan to reflect on their specific experience with national identity management systems and cards.

During the workshop, Sebastian ROHR, CTO and Managing Director of accessec GmbH delivered sessions on strategic planning for ICT infrastructures and provided insights to several national ID projects around the globe.

Government officials and local experts joined in extended discussions and gathered data to structure the way forward on how Myanmar will handle Birth Registration and a national e-ID card system.

“We believe that the ministries and agencies gathered at the workshop made much progress in identifying and scoping the preliminary legal and regulatory requirements necessary to engage with a unified national ID card project” says Pierre Biscaye, EPAR Research and Strategic Initiatives Manager at the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. “Both technical and organizational aspects of such a complex endeavour have been well received by the government officials and especially the political leaders”, adds Sebastian Rohr, CTO of accessec, and continues: “there is still much work to do, but we made tremendous progress in detailing the tasks and setting a framework for these.”

As next steps, a detailed roadmap for the legislative and regulative framework as well as an analysis of inter-agency collaboration requirements and the data flows behind them need to be executed. “With the aid of local IT and Government experts as well as some international guidance on Best Practices, I am sure we will see a lot of progress in 2017”, concludes Sebastian Rohr.