On May 20 the National Insurance Board officially unveiled their new NIB member’s card. The reveal happened simultaneously across the country, with officials at the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour making their own presentation to the local media. The plastic card, which is to replace the previous, yellow paper cards has a host of security features and electronic benefits built in.
Presenting the cards in Abaco were Bernard Evans –Deputy Chairman of the National Insurance Board, Pandora Butler – Manager of Public Relations with the National Insurance Board and Christopher Wright –Senior Assistant Manager with the National Insurance Board Abaco Branch.
The three representatives received their new card along with: Preston Cunningham – Senior Island Administrator, as well as Alexander Flowers – Under Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister in Abaco.
NIB Deputy Chairmain, Bernard Evans, called the unveiling of the new NIB card an “Historic and ground breaking moment.”
He said the intention of NIB going forward was to “Fully replace this bright, yellow paper card that served us so well for nearly forty years with a new state of the art premier plastic laminate registration card.” The new card comes loaded with security features as well as provisions for data storage.
Mr. Evans continued, saying that “NIB Proving itself to be a progressive and dynamic organization… We are leveraging technology to do business with the stakeholders better and smarter.”
Mr. Evans was presented his card by his NIB colleague, Christopher Wright. Mr. Wright detailed some more of the new plastic card’s features. Mr. Wright said the card was high quality, hard plastic designed to last 5 years. After five years the card is replaced free of charge.
Mr. Wright also said the card was “designed with security in mind.” He mentioned visible security features, like water marks, as well as those invisible to the naked eye.
“The card has so much promise,” he continued. With capabilities of encrypted date storage in the card’s electronic chip, he and associates hope that the card will evolve into the national card of The Bahamas.
The panel encouraged everyone to come by the National Insurance Office to replace their old paper cards as soon as possible. They said that once someone has all the proper paperwork, the whole process of issuing the new card should take less than five minutes.
A mobile team will also be engaging businesses in Abaco to help with the replacement process, especially those in the Cays and other further-removed communities.