The Director-General of the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi has for the second time been appointed ID4Africa Ambassador.
Mr. Massaquoi’s reappointment was confirmed in a letter dated 30th December,2020, from the Executive Chairman of ID4Africa accompanied by a certificate of appointment.
The letter reads “In my official capacity as the Executive Chairman, I am pleased to re-appoint you as ID4Africa Ambassador for another year, effective January 1,2021.”
The letter further recognized the tremendous role played by the NCRA DG as ID4Africa Ambassador in standing with the movement in the midst of the Corona Virus Pandemic.
The solidarity and dedication exhibited by Mr. Massaquoi has ensured that the voices of advocacy for responsible identity systems are heard louder throughout and beyond the continent.
ID4Africa is an ID-4-All Movement founded in 2014 that accompanies African nations on their journey to develop robust and responsible ID ecosystems around digital identity in the service of development and humanitarian action. It is a tripartite organisation with representation from African Governments, International Agencies, and Industry.
The aim of the Movement is to share experience and establish real-world best practices that set the correct expectations for what is involved in launching and sustaining successful identity programs.
The Movement is driven by the need to establish identity-for-all, not just as a legal right (consistent with UN SDG 16.9), but also as a practical necessity to enable inclusive access to services in Africa. ID4Africa believes that service-oriented identity ecosystems built on the respect of privacy and human rights are essential for the growth of digital economies and will become even more crucial as African countries move to implement the provisions of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA).
The Director-General of NCRA expressed thanks and appreciation to the ID4Africa Executive Chairman and membership for re-appointing him as ID4Africa Ambassador for the second time. He noted that the recognition and accolade came as a result of the support, dedication and commitment of the NCRA staff towards his leadership.
Mr. MASSAQUOI’s re-appointment as ID4AFRICA Ambassador consecutively was as a result of his astute leadership and dedication towards Sierra Leone having a robust and reliable civil registration, vital statistics and identity management. It is also a show of confidence and trust in the leadership of His Excellency, the President of Sierra Leone, Brigadier (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio in adopting modern digital identity systems as drivers for socio-economic development and financial inclusion.
His re-appointment further means that the NCRA DG will continue to serve as the Principal Liaison between all Identity Management Institutions in Sierra Leone and the ID4Africa Movement. He will also lead the coordination and reporting on Identity Management programs in Sierra Leone in line with international guidelines and best practice.