Amid the much controversy related to privacy and data security, India has found international takers for its Unique Identification (UID) project also known as Aadhaar. Russia, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia have indicated their initial interests in developing the Aadhaar kind of identification system in their own territories.
In order to promote the UID model overseas with the facilitation support of the World Bank, Government of India has formed a body comprising Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Information Technology and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The ministry of external affairs also included Aadhaar on the agenda of the then Indian vice-president (Now former) Hamid Ansari’s visit to Morocco and Tunisia, last year. In the quest of developing a digitally enabled national population register, Morocco has even added the provisions of biometric identification and authentication on the recommendations made by India.
As per a Factor daily report, there have been about 20 countries including the South-Asian tigers like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore, which have evinced their keen interest in developing national identity system based on UID model of India.
Also, Sri Lanka has been planning to introduce the Aadhaar-like model in collaboration with India, the talks for which are already reached high stage between the respective governments as reported by The Hindu. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure of Srilanka, Harin Farnando has claimed that the Srilankan economy could save $2 Mn per day via digitising their operations.
Russia has recently organised a seminar on financial inclusion which witnessed the participation of representatives of the European Union and IMF. RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI who has also been UIDAI director-general in past (2009-13) addressed the seminar from the Indian side. In an interview given to LiveMint, Sharma has confirmed that Bank of Russia has conceived of an identification project based on biometric information.