eID consortium signs MoU with Smart Africa

15 May 2019: A consortium comprised of Inmarsat, Vipps and DXC Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smart Africa to promote the adoption of an electronic ID platform to help accelerate digitalisation of economies throughout the continent.

Two men and one woman holding signed document.

Lacina Kone, Director General of Smart Africa, Richard Carlsen, SVP International Business Development of Vipps, and Trudy Cooke, Inmarsat Group General Counsel, at the MoU signing.

Vipps specialises in the design, development and operation of leading-edge electronic ID and smart mobile payment services.  DXC Technology is a world leader in digital transformation and the provision of information and communications technology (ICT) services for industry and the public sector. With Inmarsat’s global, mobile satellite connectivity, the consortium’s secure, electronic ID (eID) enabled interoperable digital platform is available in locations previously without reliable access to the digital economy.

The MoU, signed today during Transform Africa 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda, seeks to promote the eID platform’s adoption by the Smart Africa Alliance of 24 African countries, representing 600+ million people. Smart Africa supports sustainable socioeconomic development through affordable access to broadband and use of information and communications technologies (ICT). Inmarsat was the first commercial company to join the Alliance, becoming a platinum member in 2016.