On 4 February 2014, Grenada welcomed the launch of the Multi-Purpose Identification (MPID) System which is a joint initiative across the four Windward Islands.
The MPID System will facilitate the easy recognition of citizens from participating countries through the use of a unique identifier which begins with the country code.
Through the Multi-Purpose Identification (MPID) System countries will also be able to establish agreements to utilise each other’s databases to verify the authenticity of the identification of travellers. This will allow for the easy integration of citizens as part of the OECS integration process, enabling the seamless and accurate free movement of persons to work and live across the Economic Union.
Grenada’s fast and highly secure data transmission ID smartcards will be applied to a multiplicity of functions, including advanced public transportation, event ticketing, student services, and eGovernment (the provision of a wide variety of government services to the public).
The Governments of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines have each received soft loan financing in an amount equivalent to US$2.4 Million from the World Bank for implementation of the OECS Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP).
3M Innovative Properties Limited was awarded a turnkey contract in December 2012 to supply, install, integrate, train, support and maintain all technologies, hardware, software and related components for the Multi-Purpose Identification (MPID) System.
The first stage of the implementation of the MPID System will be the registration of citizens at one of four established sites island-wide, including a station within the Ministry of Works at the Ministerial Complex. The government is looking to identify certain electoral offices for registration and the subsequent issuance of the cards.
The cards will contain basic biographical and health information, leaving room for more information and applications to be added as needs arise.