ASEAN Digital Gateway and Travel Wallet for safer, easier regional travel

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council recently launched the ASEAN Digital Gateway and Travel Wallet project that aimed at facilitating a safer, seamless and standardised approach to resuming regional travel. 

The initiative was announced by Chair of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2021 Haslina Taib at the recent virtual session, as the second legacy project by the council.

By leveraging digital technology, the solution will address common issues faced by travellers such as carrying or misplacing multiple documents, concerns over sharing data internationally or risk of being turned away at borders for inconsistent health protocols across different countries.

In her speech, Haslina attributed the solution as a joint effort between the public and private sectors in the region, in response to the ASEAN Declaration on the ASEAN Travel Corridor Framework adopted in the last ASEAN Summit 2020.

The ASEAN Travel Wallet app will provide travellers with a value-add and easy to use mobile experience on their smartphones, to obtain, access, store and display required health and vaccination records for quick and hassle-free verification at destination countries.

Only relevant public data, such as citizen’s identification, vaccination type, date, and validity or COVID recovery date, will be issued via a back-end national administration dashboard to each Wallet holder in the form of a QR code. 

The same set of data is then shared to the ASEAN Digital Gateway.

The ABIS 2021 chair explained that the ASEAN Digital Gateway is an open, shared platform that allows each ASEAN member state to control its own citizens’ data while issuing only a public key. 

This will be encrypted as genuine, tamper-proof credentials on private permissioned blockchain, she continued.

“The Gateway drives standardisation of cross border and business entry protocols while respecting data privacy and protecting interests. Each subscribing member country autonomously integrates its own national Covid response applications and manages its own verifiers, both from the public and private sector,” said Haslina.

Currently, at prototype stage, ABIS 2021 called for a series of collaborative actions among ASEAN member states and businesses, to jointly develop and deploy the ASEAN Digital Gateway and Travel Wallet as a multilateral project, paving the way for economic recovery and safer travel corridor in the region.

The access to the Proof of Concept and requests for a demonstration or the technical concept paper can be made via email – Nurhana Diah

This article was first published on 30 October 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 165 |  More stories here


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