National Identity Cards will be issued to some 17 million Tanzanians starting in the financial year 2007/08. The new budget includes TShs 3 billion for the preparations. There will be two types of ID card – one for citizens and the other for foreigners. The Minister of Finance said that the issuance of national identities would be a major step in the fight against poverty because anyone who wanted a loan would use the ID to secure it.

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