By Lisa Williams-Lahari - firstname.lastname@example.org
Papua New Guinea has made the first steps in its plans to roll out national I.D cards for all its citizens by 2021.
Residents in the Highlands. Photo/ IOM.
The country has almost twice the population of New Zealand and has set out to register 1.5 out of more than eight million people by the end of the year.
So far, the national identification program has registered just over 200,000 people, mainly near the capital city of Port Moresby.
The national I.D system will help Government plan and deliver its projects across the nation and will help citizens use their cards to access services in health, banking, finance and transport.