New Delhi: Nandan Nilekani, who is spearheading the drive of Unique Identity (UID), said that nearly half of the Indian population will get their unique identity number by 2014.

"We will generate about a million numbers per day and our plan is to have nearly half of the population in our system (unique identity number) by 2014," Nandan Nilekani, chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said.

According to Nilekani, the unique number will provide its holder access to better government services by reducing the hassles of paperwork.

He was addressing the seventh India-Africa business conclave co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Exim Bank, in cooperation with the ministries of external affairs and commerce, which began here on Sunday.

The UDAI project involves providing a unique number to all Indians, but not smart cards. Through this number, the authority will provide a biometric database of all residents.

The representatives of various African governments attending the conference showed interest in the UID system for possible application in their own countries.

Some 800 delegates from around 35 African countries are participating in the conclave, which is a build-up to the India-Africa Summit to be held in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in May in which will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also.