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Expert Group Meeting of African registrar generals kicks off in Kigali, Rwanda

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Expert Group Meeting of African registrar generals kicks off in Kigali, Rwanda

It is a platform that will allow continuous consultations and exchange of knowledge between countries to discuss and agree on how to provide better services in the midst of emergencies.

KIGALI, Rwanda, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

In Kigali, Rwanda, a four-day meeting of the expert group of African Registrars General and Directors General of Civil Registration has officially started.

The meeting that will take place between 23 and 26 November is organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with the National Identification Agency of Rwanda (NIDA) with the theme “Building better: a sustainable and resilient recovery of the civil registration and vital statistics “. Systems after COVID19 ”.

The objective of the meeting is for the heads of the Civil Registry Offices to share experiences, best practices and practical solutions in the development and acceleration of improvements in resilient CRVS systems.

Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs, Assumpta Ingabire, at the opening of the meeting said that Africa continues to make progress in improving CRVS systems with multiple initiatives taken across the continent.

“This meeting comes at a time when it is necessary to examine how to rebuild CRVS systems after the outages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a platform that will allow continuous consultations and knowledge sharing among countries to discuss and agree on how to provide better services in the midst of emergencies, ”said Ms. Ingabire.

He noted that there are still challenges to be addressed here; Insufficient resources assigned to CRVS initiatives have affected the improvement process. More efforts are needed to increase citizen engagement and awareness.

According to the minister, the recent strategic plan of the program that runs from 2017-2021 has come to an end and this makes it timely for the countries and partners to take stock of the progress made and identify strategies and actions for the next phase of the Program. Program.

Ms. Ingabire said that capacity building of national CRVS professionals is an important area of ​​focus and should be the mainstay of the strategy and plan of the CRVS African Accelerated Improvement Program (APAI-CRVS).

He added that Registrars General need a platform to share knowledge. “This is the right time to recognize the purpose of the proposed Committee of African Registrars with the aim of establishing an advisory network,” said the minister.

Since 2015, the Rwandan government has undertaken strategies to improve civil registration. To better align their efforts with the CRVS decade agenda, a series of civil reforms were carried out, but mainly through legal reforms.

To move from the paper civil registry to the electronic one, a centralized and integrated national CRVS was started to record all civil events and currently births and deaths are recorded in their places of occurrence.

The minister thanked CEPA and the Secretariat of the Africa Program for the Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registry and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) and the Central African Regional Group of CRVS for choosing Rwanda as the venue for this extraordinary meeting of Registrars General. by CRVS.

Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Center for Statistics, ECA said: “Covd -19 has revealed the weaknesses of the systems, including the Civil Registry. Therefore, it is imperative that we design mechanisms that are resistant to crises such as the current pandemic ”. This, he said, requires adopting new approaches and technologies, as well as maintaining the momentum of CRVS improvement programs.

The ECA Director noted that African governments have realized the critical role that CRVS plays in generating vital statistics and data for policy, strategy and decision-making. Thus, he congratulated the countries for the confidence they have shown in the midst of these turbulent times, not only to convince his leadership to designate CRVS as essential services in almost all African countries, but also to allocate emergency funds to strengthen their systems. and redesign them to be more robust.

“Civil registration systems have not been spared and have already begun to experience disrupted services at all levels. Therefore, we must identify immediate actions to ensure business continuity and, in particular, modernize our CRVS systems to enable remote service delivery and strengthen mortality reporting to improve data for emergency management, “he said.

“I also call on development partners to support member states as we strive to explore innovative ways to maintain CRVS systems and identify opportunities to take advantage of existing funding opportunities and relevant programs to rebuild better systems.”

Mr. Chinganya said the meeting congratulates many ongoing initiatives to review the progress of the APAI-CRVS regional program; provide a platform for peer learning among African registrars through the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices in the development of CRVS systems and, finally, in the formalization of the platform for general registrars, which will be convened annually.

He called on Member States to consider the strategies that have been identified and prioritized in Africa as effective in providing quick wins to countries.

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