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NEC enters the race to lead Malaysia's digital ID project

Government aims to spur economic growth with biometric platform

NEC plans to use its experience implementing a digital ID system in India to bid for the Malaysian project. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)   © Reuters

TOKYO -- NEC Corp. has entered the competition to lead Malaysia’s digital identification project, as the government prepares to introduce biometric identities for all of its 32 million citizens.

NEC Senior Executive Vice President Norihiko Ishiguro said the Japanese technology company has submitted a proposal to Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry, which is spearheading the project on behalf of the federal government.

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