As Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck turned 43 on Tuesday (February 21), his seven-year-old son became the country’s first digital citizen in his second official engagement. Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck was onboarded with the Bhutan National Digital Identity (NDI) mobile wallet as the country’s new digital identity system, which boasts of ‘cutting-edge technology’, was launched. The launch of the platform has been hailed as a huge step in the government’s digital transformation efforts. “Bhutan NDI uses cutting-edge technology to provide citizens with secure and verifiable identity credentials, ensuring the privacy and protection of their personal information,” read a post on the official Instagram page of the Bhutan King.

“The system uses the ‘self-sovereign identity’ model based on Decentralised Identity (DID) technology, which gives people more control over their personal information and who can access it,” the official note further added. The digital identity system will be rolled out to all Bhutan citizens gradually.  

Born on February 5, 2016, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck is the first child of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema. He is hailed as “The Gyalsey”, the title for Bhutanese heir to the throne. He undertook his first official engagement in June 2022.

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Bhutan says it is the first sovereign government in the world to create national digital identity system in self-sovereign framework. The launch of the system has been also called as a “major step forward in transforming the way services are delivered in both public and private sectors”. The system — developed by Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) for the government — aims to bring a positive change in the way citizens and visitors interact with the government.


“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,” said Ujjwal D. Dahal, Director, DHI InnoTech.

(With inputs from agencies)


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