UN Rolls Out Bill Gates’ Digital ID in Sierra Leone

The United Nations (UN) is continuing to advance its digital ID agenda in Africa by rolling out Bill Gates’s Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP) in Sierra Leone.

The plan is being rapidly advanced in Africa as globalists seek to expand digital transformation efforts.

Third-world states are being used as a testbed for the technology before the digital ID system is rolled out on a global level.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded MOSIP expands on the digital ID framework by incorporating additional “features” such as support for “digital cash” and proof of vaccination status, as Slay News previously reported.

However, while testing of the technology continues to spread in the third world, several Western nations are already beginning to roll out MOSIP for their citizens.

As Slay News reported, lawmakers in Australia’s Senate have just passed a new bill to roll out the digital ID system for public use.

The legislation easily passed with virtually no resistance.

Australia is officially on the path to having a national, government-regulated, digital identity system that is controlled by Gates, the UN, and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The scheme will replace traditional IDs and will be able to be linked to systems that hold vast amounts of personally and financially sensitive data used by banks, insurers, utilities, and agencies.

The digital ID system has been developed to have the ability to link to bank accounts, central bank digital currencies (CBDC), and social credit scores, and vaccinate proof.

The Albanese government finally secured the required support for enabling legislation for the digital ID system in the Senate from the Coalition and the Greens late last month.

On Friday, an article published by Biometric Update reported on an interview with Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) Deputy Director Moses T.F. Vibbie.

The interview was conducted on the sidelines of a MOSIP Connect event last month in Addis Ababa.

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Vibbie explained that the strong political will of the country’s President Julius Maada Bio, and the dedication of the NCRA’s Director General Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi, are the other driving forces behind the initiative.

Massaquoi is also an ambassador for ID4Africa.

ID4Africa’s foundation partners are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network.

“Foundational digital ID managed by the NCRA is at the center of Sierra Leone’s digital transformation agenda,” Vibbie said.

“The National ID Card or NIN is mandatory for accessing services in Sierra Leone as enshrined in the National Civil Registration Act of 2016 (NCR Act 2016).”

So far, he said, digital ID has been instrumental in the country’s ongoing government efforts as almost all government services have been digitized and linked to the digital ID.

“According to the parliament of Sierra Leone’s ratification and directives, the NIN is linked to all government and key private sector services including SIM card registration, education, government payroll, employment in public and private sectors, insurance, financial inclusion, and services, vehicle registration and driver’s license, health care, pension and social security, properties and land registration and more,” he outlined.

It is required for passports, work, and residence permits.

Sierra Leone started implementing a “modern” digital identity system in 2016/2017.

In 2023, the country signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a national digital ID pilot built with Gates’s MOSIP.

The aim of this, it is said, is to establish an ID system that will respond to the specific needs of the country and enable citizens to have access to several important public and even private sector services.

Essentially, those without digital ID would be excluded from accessing basic services.

NCRA Director General Massaquoi said:

“As an institution mandated by law to carry out [Civil and Vital Statistics (CRVS)] and ID Management activities in Sierra Leone covering both citizens and non-citizen residents, the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) aims to have a state-of-the-art ICT and Identity Management Infrastructure in place in order to provide seamless civil registration, production, and dissemination of vital statistics and identity management services to and on the population of the country.

“As such, working with the MOSIP Team to pilot the MOSIP DPG-based Digital Identity Platform is timely.”

Biometric Update noted that MOSIP had also recently signed an MoU with Burkina Faso and surpassed 76 million registrations across 9 jurisdictions.

MOSIP is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that offers a “formidable solution” for digital ID for the 850 million people worldwide “who lack any acceptable form of legal identity.”

The Foundation, which is known to profiteer off the poor to enrich itself, offers its digital ID “solution” to countries “for free.”

“Digital ID systems are one of the three pillars of what’s known as digital public infrastructure (DPI); the others are digital payment systems and data exchange systems,” the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation states on its digital ID page introducing MOSIP.

According to a 2022 article published by Devex, donors committed a total of US$295 million to the DPI cause during the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

Big donors included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which committed $200 million; Norway, which committed $50 million; Germany with nearly $35 million; and the EU’s Horn of Africa Initiative, with nearly $10 million.

According to its website, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MOPSIP is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Pratiksha Trust, and Tata Trusts comprising the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and allied trusts.

Interestingly, Pratiksha Trust was founded by Dr. Kris Gopalakrishnan – the former co-chair of the World Economic Forum, the chairman of Axilor Ventures, and co-founder of Infosys.

Pratiksha Trust has also “extended very generous support” to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in promoting research in brain science, data science, and computing architectures and algorithms inspired by the brain.

The bulk of the grants awarded by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust relate to land and water development, and microfinance: financial services targeting people and small businesses who lack access to conventional banking and related services.

Currently, MOPSIP has 7 national rollouts and 10 pilots in progress.

Despite how Sierre Leone’s officials portray it, the “foundational digital ID managed by the NCRA” is an UN-controlled program.

In 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) conducted a Country Assessment Report for Sierra Leone, as Sierra Loaded explains.

UNECA endorsed the NCR Act’s consolidation of CVRS functions under NCRA in line with core principles and standards of the United Nations Legal Identity initiative.

In early 2020, Sierre Leone was among nine countries selected to “benefit” from the UN Legal Identity that the Government of Sierra Leone jointly manages through the NCRA and the UN Agencies of UNDP, UNICEF, and the UN-related International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

In October 2021, Massaquoi, NCRA Director-General, hired Anette Bayer Forsingdal, an IOM external consultant.

IOM is one of the critical partners positioned to support NCRA in effectively implementing the UN Legal Identity Agenda in Sierra Leone.

IOM is also one of the donor partners to NCRA’s efforts in implementing the UN’s digital identity agenda.

At the time, NCRA had recently concluded an internal legal review covering policies, regulations, and bills to support the smooth integration of other legal policy provisions that would guide a well-functioning CRVS and ID Management system in Sierra Leone.

For her part, Bayer said she was delighted to be part of NCRA and that CRVS had worked very well in Namibia and among a few other countries in Africa.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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