Circular letters, Communiqués announcing exams and results and other administrative documents of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA) will now have an authentic signature which could be verified.
This new method of securing the Ministry’s documents is product of an MoU signed with the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) this November 23, 2022.
According to the MoU, ANTIC will secure MINEPIA’s documents using its Doc@uthANTIC platform.
The ANTIC Boss, Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw argues that his corporation’s method of digital signature will guarantee authenticity of documents.
He adds that securing administrative documents is in accordance with Article 17 of Cameroon’s law on cybersecurity and cybercriminality.
The process of securing the documents, Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw says, has two phases. First, digitally signing the document using digital signature with a QR Code. Second, verifying the document using the QR Code on a smartphone or computer.
About Doc@uthANTIC, Application for Securing Administrative Documents
Doc@uthANTIC is an application developed by ANTIC for securing and verifying the authenticity of official documents.
These include academic certificates, administrative documents and invoices.
The application will help fight the issue of fake documents and prove the authenticity of official documents since verification is possible.
Though some Ministries are already using the application, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries is the first to completely adopt its use for all administrative documents. The ANTIC Director General hopes other Ministries will follow this change in paradigm by MINEPIA.
With Doc@uthANTIC, factcheckers and even the man on the road will be able to debunk fake news disseminated with fake documents online.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi