Africa: ECA Partners with SA Govt on Civil Registration Conference
Addis Ababa--- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of South Africa for the hosting of the Second Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration on the theme: “Improving Institutional and Human Infrastructure” in Durban, from 3-7 September this year.
The agreement was signed Sunday, on the sidelines of the African Union Heads of State Summit by the Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Mr. Abdoulie Janneh and the South African Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Mr. Janneh expressed appreciation to Minister Dlamini-Zuma for the willingness of the Government of South Africa to provide the resources necessary to host the conference. The resources, according to the agreement, include logistical arrangements, which he said, constitute a substantial amount.
He thanked the Government of South Africa for the generosity and willingness to support the development of statistics in Africa and underlined that it is due to the country’s support in statistics that the Economic Commission for Africa established the African Centre for Statistics to build the capacity of the rest of Africa in this area.
For her part, Minister Dlamini-Zuma welcomed the continued collaboration and underscored the importance of improving civil registration and vital statistics in Africa’s development.
The conference will review the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). The first conference was held in 2010 and endorsed a resolution addressing strategic and policy issues on improving CRVS systems on the continent. It also endorsed a medium-term regional plan to be implemented from 2010 to 2015 with interventions and activities to accelerate and improve CRVS systems on the continent.
The Second Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration is being organized in accordance with the resolution of the First Conference, which requested that the Conference should be institutionalized as a standing regional forum to be organized every two years.