On the way to removing the legalized signature and the certified copy thanks to mobile ID

On the way to removing the legalized signature and the certified copy thanks to mobile ID

The Minister of Communications Technology, Nizar Ben Néji, returned last week during a press conference hosted by members of the Najla Bouden government on the development of ongoing projects within his department in the context of the acceleration of digital transformation in Tunisia. Among these projects, Mobil ID and Mobilbank.

Contacted on this topic, the Minister of Communications Technology confirmed in a statement to Business News that the platform dedicated to mobile ID would be ready around July. ” This project is a collaboration between several actors. The Ministry on the one hand and on the other the telephone operators, the National Center for Data Processing (CNI) and the National Agency for Electronic Certification “Telephone operators will, according to Mr Ben Néji, be responsible for verifying citizens’ identities and thus linking their national identity card numbers to their telephone numbers. Once authentication is complete, CNI enters the line to create a unique registration number for each citizen. So comes the role of ANCE.Its mission will be to create a QR code through which the citizen can later electronically sign administrative documents online.

This will allow us to permanently get rid of the legalized signature and the certified copy “, Stressed the Minister of Communication Technology. However, this gigantic step is unlikely to become a reality right away. The Ministry intends to spread the use of Mobile ID little by little before it is generalized to all administrations.

Asked about the first service that Tunisians would have access to once Mobile ID was created, Mr Ben Néji mentioned the famous birth certificate. This document will be available in electronic version on a dedicated portal – currently under development. If necessary, a citizen with a mobile ID will be able to access this portal using his registration number. He will also be able to sign electronically and the document will be delivered to him in PDF version with a visual electronic stamp proving the authenticity of the document. This stamp is similar, it should be noted, to that of the vaccination card; “ verifiable proof in the form of encrypted data for the contents of the document to prevent fraud and provide certified copies “.

These are technologies that we fully master “Said the Minister of Communications Technology, recalling that companies have had access to E-Gov services with Corporate ID for several years on platforms like Tasrih or Tuneps.” For Mobile ID, we were inspired by the Estonian and Omani model “, he clarified. In May, the Tunisian Minister of Communications Technology and his Estonian counterpart, Andrés Sutt, we remember, signed a memorandum of understanding to consolidate bilateral cooperation in the field of digitization and e-governance between Tunisia and Estonia.

All the services that the citizen gets access to thanks to this Mobile ID will be paid for through various electronic payment services. Currently, it is possible to settle this type of transaction with the bank card or e-Dinar card. ” Once the Mobile Banking project is completed, it will then be possible to use this means of payment “, Assured Nizar Ben Neji.

Asked about the progress of this project, the Minister said that the Central Bank of Tunisia had given the green light to telephone operators to set up a mobile payment institution. ” It is now up to the operators to agree on the business model “, According to Mr Ben Néji.

This project, it should be remembered, was announced in February 2021. The three telecom operators then submitted a request for the establishment of a single payment institution to the Central Bank of Tunisia. This company, of which they will be co-shareholders in equal shares, will allow operators to launch new financial services via mobile to especially non-bank populations.

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