Republic of North Macedonia, Mastercard Design National Digital Identity Service to Help Grow Digital Economy

Partnership to Build on International Standards, Framework
Skopje – February 7, 2020 – The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and Mastercard today unveiled plans for a range of digital solutions that will advance the country’s digital economy aspirations and give citizens a new way to prove their identity when accessing government and business services.
The partnership is intended to bring local digital identity and related services – like digital document signing and verification – that Macedonian citizens can use across a number of day-to-day activities. Among the first applications are electronic “Know Your Customer” activities to support remote opening for new bank accounts, without visiting a branch in person, and new prepaid and postpaid mobile phone accounts.
“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 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.”
This first-of-its-kind effort will build on the recently created digital identity regulations in North Macedonia and broader European eIDAS (electronic identification, authentication and trust services) standards. Once launched, it will also enable seamless digital interactions between businesses and government agencies across the region and around the globe.
“Propelling our economy is critical. But to meet our potential, everyone must establish a digital

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