Keep Poverty In Check With Smart Card
Smart identification cards (ICs) can provide a complete database for nations to not only keep track of the level of poverty but also facilitate in eradicating it.
According to Prima Asia Pacific Consulting Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm that has teamed up with a local smart card provider, the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) 2007 gives a good platform for them to persuade developing nations to implement smart IC.
"The implementation of smart IC will complement the human capital agenda in developing nations, because with such a card they will have a stable database to further develop their nations," its managing director, Adznir Mokhtar, told Bernama here Sunday.
Prima's smart card partner, Asia Pacific Card & System Sdn Bhd (APCS), is one of the two largest manufacturers of electrical circuit IC cards or smart cards in Malaysia.
"We want to encourage the use of smart cards in developing countries so that they can analyse their challenges through the data and come up with solutions to cut the rate of poverty," he said.
Ten heads of state and government, mostly from African states, are attending this eighth edition of the LID, organised by Wisma Putra.
Over 500 participants from 40 nations, are also attending the three-day LID 2007, themed Poverty Eradication through Human Capital Development and Capacity Building, at the Berjaya Langkawi Beach and Spa Resort
Countries taking part include Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, St Vincent and Grenadines, Kenya, Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Sudan, Swaziland and Lesotho.