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APSCA held the first IDENTITY India conference on 7-8 July in New Delhi. As the first physical APSCA event after the pandemic, IDENTITY India 2022 had 166 delegates which included 59 representatives of government authorities. Including systems integrators and solutions providers, delegates from 10 markets in South Asia, Asia Pacific and Europe attended IDENTITY India 2022.
Conclusions
  • The ePassport sessions attracted much interest as the project rollout is imminent and the key Government of India stakeholders were on hand to discuss the project and answer questions from delegates.
  • Shri T. Armstrong Changsan, JS (PSP) and CPO, PSP Division, explained India's ePassport Project, explored the e-Passport roadmap, and engaged with industry representatives in the IDENTITY India exhibition.
  • With Indian ePassport issuance forecast to exceed 20M ePassports annually before 2030, India is expected to become the largest issuer of ePassports in the world.
  • Dr. R.S. Sharma, CEO of the National Health Authority, discussed India's pandemic-focused health and vaccine initiatives such as providing citizens with digital health certificates.
  • Dr. Sharma also answered questions about the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission and engaged with industry representatives in the IDENTITY India exhibition.
  • Dr. Saurabh Garg, CEO, Unique Identity Authority of India, provided an update on the current state of Aadhaar which has now enrolled over 92% of India's population and 100% of adults over 18.
  • Aadhaar is now enabling over 70 million daily authentications across government agencies and private sector organisations such as banks and mobile operators.
  • Dr. Garg announced the launch of the India Stack, a set of APIs designed to enable other governments and enterprises to build and launch their own digital public infrastructures.
  • During the discussion session, and while visiting the IDENTITY India exhibition, Dr Garg answered questions from delegates and engaged with the industry representatives.
  • Mr. Rajesh Bansal, CEO of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub, discussed the importance of digital identity from the perspective of financial services and payment solutions.
  • Sanjay Jain from MOSIP discussed open source and open standards for national identity initiatives, highlighting reasons why Digital Public Goods are now a growing trend in national ID.
  • Laila Abdul Majid, Deputy Director for ICT at JPN explained that Malaysia is planning a national digital identity as a compliment to the MyKad national ID card.
  • Throughout the conference, the subject of digital identity (and digitised identifiers) was regularly raised and may be a future objective for government identity schemes.
  • NIC and KILT Protocol led a lively discussion on centralised versus decentralised identity. W3C formalisation of DIDs and VCs could enable interoperable standards for self-sovereign identity.
  • Laura Scorretti, Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist for IOM in APAC, highlighted recent challenges for governments in managing borders and facilitating migration.
  • These issues, including pandemic health credentials, dealing with conflict situations, and preparing for climate change impacts, will be discussed in more detail at the 6th Border Management & Identity Conference in Bangkok in December.
  • APSCA members and conference delegates can download the IDENTITY India presentations from the APSCA website.
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Industry Feedback
Although this was the first IDENTITY India event, and APSCA's first face-to-face event after the pandemic, APSCA members rated the event as successful (feedback below) and are keen to attend IDENTITY India 2023. APSCA is already working with government institutions and industry organisations in India to expand the scope and scale of the event next year. Stay tuned!
Very useful, speakers were excellent
National Informatics Centre (NIC), Government of India
 
Great for networking and to hear the experience & take away of different companies in various projects
Mantra Softech
 
Thanks for putting together an excellent event and making sure everything runs according to schedule
HID Global
 
All contents are very informative and important
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
 
The passport sessions did attract a lot of interest, as the epassport is on the go in India
OVD KINEGRAM
 
Very well conducted and good thoughtful content
Linxens
 
Well organized, Excellent Show
AdvanIDe
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