Staff Reporter  

His Royal Highness The Gyalsey graced a special event to launch Bhutan NDI, held on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty The King’s Birth Anniversary.

Bhutan NDI is Bhutan’s new National Identity System, developed by Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) for GovTech Bhutan.

During the launch, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey became Bhutan’s first digital citizen by onboarding with the Bhutan NDI mobile wallet.

Bhutan NDI uses cutting-edge technology to provide citizens with secure and verifiable identity credentials, ensuring the privacy and protection of their personal information.  The system uses the “self-sovereign identity” model based on Decentralized Identity (DID) technology, which gives people more control over their personal information and who can access it.

Acting Secretary for GovTech Bhutan, Jigme Tenzing, said, “We are honored and privileged to have His Royal Highness as the first digital citizen of Bhutan. The launch of Bhutan National Digital Identity based on the Self-Sovereign Identity model, is a major step forward in transforming the way services are delivered in both the public and private sectors. This flagship initiative of GovTech will provide secure and verifiable digital identities to citizens, laying a strong foundation for our digital future.

“We are delighted to have worked closely with the excellent team at DHI on developing the technologies for Bhutan NDI. We hope this example of using technology to transform lives while safeguarding privacy will inspire and motivate others to follow suit.”

Director of DHI InnoTech, Ujjwal D Dahal, said, “We are proud to work with GovTech Bhutan as a development partner on this important project which will help transform the way citizens and all visitors to Bhutan will interact with government and private sector organizations in the future. Bhutan NDI will ensure that the citizens and residents can access the services they need in a secure and efficient manner. We aspire to be pioneers in this technology space in solving problems within and beyond our boundaries.”

Bhutan NDI will be rolled out to all Bhutanese subsequently.