Brussels, 29 June 2018 - In publishing the white paper "At the Heart of the Population Register: Challenges, analysis and approach", Zetes tackles one of the burning issues in Africa today. A population register forms the cornerstone of any efficient national identification and administration system, but almost every country on the African continent is still without one. This deficiency is chiefly due to a lack of understanding of the population register, an ecosystem that is often perceived as being extremely complex, rather than the absence of tools and/or resources.

That is why in producing this white paper, Zetes not only explains the potential such tools can offer, but also introduces the technological choices available to governments that decide to implement a population register. The white paper also talks about the structural and legal adjustments to be planned in order to convert an ambitious project into a success.

Extase Akpotsui, Solutions Architect at Zetes and author of the white paper, explains: "The advantages to States of having a population register are no longer questionable, but many African countries are still hesitant, because implementing this type of system seems like such a daunting and expensive task. This white paper aims to demystify the population register so that more governments will carry out concrete actions that will ultimately enable them to set up better management tools that will facilitate the daily lives of their citizens. With this document, we hope to persuade governments to take the plunge, by giving them a set of best practices to guide their implementation."

This white paper was first distributed as a preview at the annual ID4Africa meeting, and is now available online via the Zetes website.

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Marketing Communications Manager
Sarah Dheedene
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About Zetes

Zetes is an international corporation highly specialised in identification and mobility solutions. Linking the essential is our core business: the physical world and the digital world, our customers and their critical data, as well as consumers and companies, citizens and governments. By using the latest technologies, we help our customers improve the speed and quality of their processes and the accuracy of their data, keeping them at the forefront of their business sector. That's what makes Zetes a pioneer and a market leader at the same time.

The Zetes Group is based in Brussels and has more than 1200 employees in 22 countries in the EMEA zone. Zetes has an ambition to achieve stable growth and long-term profitability. In 2017, its turnover was €269.3 million. More information: www.zetes.com

About the People ID Division

The People ID Division of Zetes provides secure solutions that allow governments to properly identify their population and satisfy the strictest international requirements concerning the issuing of documents and the organising of democratic elections. We have more than 15 years' experience in the implementation of sensitive projects for governments and supranational organisations. Our solutions are characterised by their reliability, combined with flexibility and operational capability. With this approach, citizens are secure in their ability to prove their identity and exercise their democratic rights.