The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2021 welcomed the inauguration of the ASEAN Digital Gateway and Travel Wallet initiative yesterday, aimed at facilitating a safer, seamless and standardised approach to resuming regional travel.
The initiative was announced by Haslina Taib, Chair of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2021, as the second legacy project by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.
Leveraging digital technology would solve typical challenges experienced by travellers, such as carrying or misplacing several documents, worries about exchanging data overseas, or the risk of being turned away at borders due to inconsistent health protocols across different countries.
Haslina, in her speech, described the solution as a collaborative effort between the region’s public and private sectors in response to the ASEAN Declaration on the ASEAN Travel Corridor Framework recently adopted in the ASEAN Summit 2020.
The ASEAN Travel Wallet app will offer travellers a valuable and convenient mobile experience through their smartphones, allowing them to obtain, access, store and display required health and immunisation records for quick and easy verification at destination countries.
Only relevant public data, such as citizen identification, vaccine type, date, and validity, or COVID recovery date, will be given to each Wallet bearer in the form of a QR code via a back-end national administration dashboard. The same data collection is then shared through the ASEAN Digital Gateway.
Haslina explained, “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 the private-permission blockchain.”
“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 verifiers, both from the public and private sector,” she added.
Currently, the system is at a 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.
Access to the Proof of Concept and requests for a demonstration or the technical concept paper can be made via email at [email protected].