(Xinhua) -- Kenya will soon create a digital portal to
register and identify the entire population in a bid to boost
efficiency in delivery of key services like education, health, clean
water and housing, an official said on Monday.
Joe Mucheru, the Cabinet Secretary for
ICT said that establishment of a National Integrated Information
System(NIIS) by the end of 2018 will inform policymakers on
effective ways to avail critical services to the citizens.
“We are already mapping the country
and have trained officers at the county level to pave way for
biometric capture of citizens’ critical details from September this
year,” said Mucheru.
“The digital registration exercise
will ensure that state agencies have accurate data required to
inform decisions pertaining to universal health, food security, jobs
and shelter,” he added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in March 2015
launched the National Integrated Population Registration System to
ensure that data on all Kenyans and visitors is stored in a central
The online population register is
expected to synchronize personal data in the hands of state agencies
like customs, electoral body, national health insurance fund, lands
and immigration bureau as well as transport regulator.