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Jamaica: ASIS bats for NIDS ID card to be used alongside Caricom passport

ASIS International (ASIS), a leading organisation for security professionals worldwide, is proposing that the Jamaican Government considers allowing or requiring Jamaicans/residents holding the National Identity Card under the National Identification System (NIDS) to use it as a travel authorisation to exercise the right of free movement in CARICOM.

In its written submission last week before the Joint Select Committee of Parliament examining the NIDS Bill, the Jamaican chapter of ASIS pointed to Clause 11 (2) and (3) of the Bill and expressed general support.

However, ASIS argued that although it is widely publicised that South Korea’s National Identification System has been studied and benchmarked by the Jamaican authority, it does not appear that all aspects of that system is being considered.

It noted further that recently, South Koreans were able to use their digital identification for the boarding of domestic flights as well as mobile driver’s licence.

“The free movement of skills and labour is the right of a CARICOM national under Article 46 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which Jamaica is also a signatory,” ASIS noted.

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