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Mastercard and Republic of North Macedonia design digital identity service

Mastercard in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia has released plans of launching a range of digital solutions aimed at enabling the citizens to prove their identity when accessing government and business services and boost the country’s digital economy. The supplier states that the partnership is expected to facilitate the provision of local digital identity and other services including digital document signing and verification.

“Technology is changing our lives in ways we could have only dreamed just years ago,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of cyber & intelligence for Mastercard. “The best solutions come by bringing together strong partners. That’s why we’re pleased to work with the North Macedonian government to address real problems for their citizens. With this service, they can use a digital identity for public services, while maintaining control of their information with security, privacy and trust.”

The development will also enable customers to utilize e-KYC for supporting remote opening for new bank accounts, without visiting a branch in person, and new prepaid and postpaid mobile phone accounts. The collaboration is also expected to promote open collaboration with governments, banks, mobile network operators, universities and other partners to shape the services. Mastercard will also support other e-government initiatives and promote related best practices from other geographies.

The company states that the new North Macedonian/Mastercard digital identity service is based upon a distributed model that eliminates the need for a centralized identity database. It builds on Mastercard’s consumer-centric approach outlined in a Principles of Digital Identity vision paper that prioritizes privacy-by-design.

“This partnership will provide a digital identity service that improves the everyday experience while increasing the efficiency of our public and private services on the road to greater economic growth,” said Nina Angelovska, Minister of Finance.

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