Namibia to assess civil registration systems

15 May 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) on Thursday held a one-day consultancy meeting to engage stakeholders in finding solutions on how to improve civil registration in Namibia.
MHAI Permanent Secretary Patrick Nandago said in a speech read on his behalf by the Under Secretary of Civil Registration in the same ministry, Lydia Kandetu, strengthening the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in Africa has become a top priority on the African development agenda due to the fact that a well-functioning CRVS system is imperative for good governance and realisation of human rights.
He said different platforms for deliberations have since been established, with the bi-annual conference for Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration in Africa, as the most significant.
“At the second Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration held in Durban, South Africa during September 2012, a resolution was passed requiring all African countries to urgently undertake a comprehensive assessment of their CRVS systems, and to develop a costed national plan based on the findings of the assessment,” said Nandago.
He added that Namibia is planning to undertake the comprehensive assessment from May to September 2014.