ID WORLD International Congress: MD Shafiqul Islam

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MD Shafiqul Islam

Former Military Secretary – Bangladesh Army

Speaks at ID WORLD on Citizen Centric Services

Major General Md Shafiqul Islam is the Executive Director of CRP, Bangladesh. Prior to this appointment he served for thirty four years in the army in the communication and aviation branch. He was the Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals and also served as the Military Secretary of the Bangladesh Army. During that appointment he also worked as the Chief Coordinator of the bio-metric National ID and Voter Registration Project. In that project 80.11 million voter eligible citizen’s bio-metric data base and multi-purpose national ID was completed within 18 months and with the least possible cost. For successful completion of the project he was awarded the prestigious International People’s ID World award, in 2008 at Milan, Italy.

General Shafiq has attended various courses in USA, UK, Indonesia and Thailand. He is one of the pioneer pilots of Bangladesh Army Aviation. He served in former Yugoslavia as United Nations Military Observer for one year. He has participated in number of seminars/workshops and written number of articles in different journals.

“FROM PAPER TO E-ID: THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF BIO-METRIC CITIZEN’S DATABASE OF BANGLADESH”

The brief journey of Bangladesh National ID is a wondrous one on many counts. From scratch to the successful completion of the bio-metric registration of 81 million citizens within the shortest possible time, least cost and innovative methodology in 2008 was the first step. To save cost and time the initial attempt was to issue a simple paper ID based on decentralized and disconnected bio-metric data base. After the initial gargantuan task of bio-metric registration, and issuance of ID; followed a painstaking data cleansing, capacity and infrastructure building process. The sequential and cascading effect is now resulting into the issuance polycarbonate e-ID based on an inter-connected and integrated verifiable database. This has proffered a certain kind of confidence for undertaking such complex ICT based projects for the Least Developed Countries (LDC). The tangible and intangible achievements of this project are noteworthy which many countries are yet to achieve. At the beginning what seemed to be an impossible undertaking has been successfully completed by the relentless effort of all concerned. The rapid and successful creation of photographic voter lists, bio-metric National ID and database of 81 million voter eligible citizen, under extremely adverse circumstances showed how careful planning and domestic and international partnerships can be combined into a successful project involving latest bio-metric technology. Customized ICT tailored to socio-economic environment, flexible approach and a motive to get the job done to avert national crisis accelerated the successful completion of the project. Similar kind of bio-metric national ID, photographic voter list and citizen’s database initiatives may be undertaken by any LDC adopting some of these innovative ideas and by combining/synergizing the multiple organizational strengths of the country.

 

Speaking on November 3


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