On May 23, the first Diia in DC summit was held in Washington with the participation of the head of the Ministry of Digital Development Mikhail Fedorov, where the Diia application team shared relevant statistics, vision and plans for the further development of the popular public services service, including the export of technologies abroad.
As of today, the Diya app has 19+ million unique users, 14 documents and 29 public services that are available on a smartphone. The project achieved this result in three years – the application was first presented in 2019, and the official launch took place in 2020. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, Diya has added another 5 million new users – at the beginning of February 2022, there were 14 million of them. Despite the war, the developers are actively developing the project and constantly adding new documents / services – just yesterday, the service for replacing a driver’s license appeared in the application . Also, at the end of April, Mikhail Fedorov mentioned in an interview two intriguing AI projects that are in progress – the virtual assistant “Nadiya” and the “Voice of Gromadyan” system, which will scan social networks in real time.
Export of “Diya” abroad and cooperation with USAID
At the beginning of the year, the Estonian state application mRiik based on Diya was presented in Davos, which became the first export of the Ukrainian service abroad. Now mRiik is being tested, and the full-fledged launch of the Estonian Dії was originally planned for the middle of this year (there were no updates yet).
At the beginning of the year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the idea of creating analogues of the use of Diya in other countries and allocated $650,000 for feasibility studies. Then it was reported that Moldova was among the first countries to become interested in this proposal.
Now the team of the Ministry of Digital Development is working on the implementation of “Diya” on two more continents and is negotiating with 10 countries, several of which are supported by USAID. In particular, Colombia and Zambia are mentioned. This was announced during the event by USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
The international recognition of the Diya application is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Digital Development – last year the main documents (passport, driver’s license and vehicle registration certificate) were translated into English – this is necessary for digital documents in Diya to be recognized by other EU countries . The very coveted digital visa-free regime with the EU, which will greatly facilitate access to services in Europe.
In May, Ukraine entered the EU trust list (and became the first non-EU country to be included in this list), thanks to which Ukrainians can now sign European contracts, documents and statements using “Diya. Signature-EU”. This is an international version of the already well-known electronic signature “Diya. Signature”, which meets the requirements of the EU, namely the eIDAS regulation of the European Union. Option “Diya. Signature-EU”, generated according to the international standard ECDSA, is available in the application along with the basic “Дія. Signature-EU”, created according to the Ukrainian standard (DSTU).