Third party interface launched
Gen Jeje Odongo Abubaker, the minister of Internal Affairs has launched a Third Party Interface (TPI), a platform that enables other entities to interact and pick information from the National Identification Register in real time. The minister was flagged by the Deputy Board chair, Ms Ruth Kavuma, Executive Director, Ms Judy Obitre- Gama and Brigadier Steven Kwiringira the Director Operation and Registrations. Present were other NIRA managers and IT technical staff including Ms Grace Nanyanzi the acting director ICT.
It’s the function of NIRA to provide access and use of information on the National Identification Register (NIR) under the Registration of Persons Act 2015 and the Registration of Persons (access and use of information) Regulations 2015.
However, access and use of information from the register is obtained upon; application and payment of prescribed fees prescribed under the Registration of Persons (fees) Regulations 2016 and/or provision of consent of the individual to whom the information relates except where access is required by law in form of a Court Order.
The minister reiterated that previously different Government entities required and inadequately collected the same data from individuals most of the time, which caused duplication. “Government, therefore, considered that such a role would be performed by a single entity with permission to share the data and that is what gave way for the establishment of parliament by an Act of Parliament” he said.
It should be noted that the Interface has been ready for access and use since November 2017. It has since been successfully tested and integrated with some government entities like Uganda Investment Authority to facilitate the operationalization of a one-stop centre for business, URA for payment verification and tax payer’s registration and telecoms through Uganda Communications Commission for the purpose of verification of sim card applicant’s data.
Other entities that so far have benefitted from data sharing include National Social Security Fund, Public Service, Uganda Prisons Services and Uganda Electoral Commission.
Follow the link below to see the Minister’s presentation.