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22 April 2021, 13:36

Plans to present biometric documents at #GBC forum in Minsk

Aleksei Begun
Aleksei Begun

MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – Biometric documents will be presented during the first international forum #GBC in Minsk on 28-29 April, BelTA learned from Aleksei Begun, Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry.

The official said: “Biometric documents were introduced by presidential decree No.107 of 16 March 2021. We would like to use the forum to more broadly present all the eight biometric documents that exist in Belarus and their main advantages. We would like to dispel citizens' fears about their reliability and security of the data these biometric documents contain. We would also like to show all the advantages that holders of biometric documents and digital signatures will have in order to get the digital services and administrative procedures, which can be provided and will be provided in digital format as from 1 September.”

In his words, during the forum specialists will present the entire system for collecting information and issuing biometric documents. “We want our citizens not to fear that their personal data will be compromised. We will also present all the cutting-edge technologies we've implemented into these new personal identification documents,” the official said.

Aleksei Begun stressed that only national data protection systems are used in Belarus. “The software that keeps data on the ID card's chip secure was developed by our specialists taking into account all the cutting-edge research. It is designed to last for centuries. Experts say that for ten years there won't be a technology that will allow hacking the ID card and adding incorrect data or some other data into it,” he added.

The main goal of the international forum #GBC (government, business, citizens) is to present accomplishments and projects in the area of digital government, search for new ways of digitization and interaction between the state and the private sector and citizens by means of information and communication technologies.

#GBC is supposed to become a platform for discussing the state, development, and prospects of Belarus' digital future, transition of interaction at all levels to the digital dimension. How a higher level of interaction between the state and the society can be achieved on the basis of the modern level of development of information technologies and by utilizing the existing capabilities of the state digital services infrastructure as much as possible? How higher effectiveness of state administration can be achieved thanks to high technologies? How interaction of citizens, the private sector, and the state can be made as transparent, fast, and convenient as possible? Participants of the forum are expected to think about these questions and give answers.

The main tasks of the forum include a presentation of accomplishments in the area of digital government, a demonstration of products of IT companies, communications and telecommunications companies, the involvement of interested countries in transboundary interaction in the course of exchanging legal documents, the development of partnership and interagency interaction, the improvement of the IT knowledge of the society.

The forum will be subdivided into four blocks. They will focus on matters concerning the construction of digital government, introduction of biometric documents, the Smart City concept, and digital government services for the private sector and citizens.

Representatives of government agencies and organizations, IT companies, banks, international organizations, and educational institutions are expected to participate in the forum. The forum will include online and offline components. In order to get a link to broadcasts one has to register on the website gbcforum.by.

The forum's organizers are the National Traffic Exchange Center and the National Center for Electronic Services. The event will proceed with support of the Operations and Analysis Center under the President of Belarus.

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