Brussels – 23 February 2015 - SNEDAI The national company for the issuing of administrative identification documents) has selected Zetes as its technical partner for registration and the production of cards for four million people covered by CNAM (the national health insurance fund). The aim of this project is to ensure efficient operation of the fund's reimbursement system for its members. 

The United Nations has repeatedly pointed out that a universal healthcare system would play a key role in the development of Africa. In 2014, the government of the Côte d’Ivoire, led by President Alassane Ouattara, decided to set up a universal medical cover system (CMU): a programme intended to respond to the problem of difficult access to healthcare by segments of the population. The challenge was to drastically increase the proportion of the population enjoying social cover. At the start of 2014, only 5% of Ivorians were covered.

Zetes is setting up the infrastructure for the biographical and biometric registration of citizens and the biometric database, which ensures the integrity and uniqueness of the data collected. Cards that comply with the security standards for identity documents are then produced and personalised. Finally, they are given to the beneficiaries. 

Together, Zetes and SNEDAI have been managing the Ivorian biometric and electronic passport since 2008. Following the recording of their personal data, more than 600,000 people have received one of the most secure passports in the world. 

Diane Kamna, General Director from SNEDAI says: “CMU is an effort to improve the health cover of all Ivorians, whatever their income, by making it compulsory. The authentication of its beneficiaries is the cornerstone of the CNAM system for handling reimbursements. The success of our current collaboration with Zetes gives us every confidence that CMU operations will run smoothly too. "

Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes, adds: “This new project, which is due to run for seven years, is the fourth task that Zetes has taken on for the Côte d’Ivoire. The African continent still has many needs in terms of identifying populations. By handling every stage of the process, from registration to the production of cards, we are able to offer out partner all the security guarantees that are necessary for the protection of citizens' data. "

This project will contribute to the company achieving its objectives for 2015. It is expected to start bringing in revenue in the first half of the year. 

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