Civil Registry to issue digitalised certificates

Antigua & Barbuda is now one step closer to modernising its Civil Registry following the receipt of equipment from the Organization of American States (OAS) to produce digitalised birth, death and marriage certificates.

The High Court Registry recently received half a dozen computers and an Atiz Book Drive DIY. The latter converts birth, death and marriage documents into digitalised format.

High Court Registrar Charlesworth Tabor said an Information Technology team has since been assembled to give technical assistance to staff to copy and compile all related records in an effort to modernise, build capacity and improve operational efficiency in the Civil Registry.

The first phase of the project was an assessment carried out last year by officials from Jamaica’s registrar general’s department which utilises the said digitalised system.

The country is now in phase two, the delivery of the equipment, while the next step is implementing the digitalisation and preservation of records.

The OAS operation, done under the framework of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Civil Registry and Identity Project, was initiated in 2006 with the signing of an agreement and memorandum of understanding between the OAS and the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.

The project is funded by the governments of Chile, Canada and United the States of America.

Apart from Antigua & Barbuda, the beneficiary countries are Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & The Grenadines and St Lucia.

The project seeks to support integration efforts in the region by examining the necessary requirements to develop the technical expertise that would allow the OECS countries to share their Civil Registry information with member governments.

OAS specialist, Paul Hughes, is on record saying, “The project is an important demonstration of the kind of horizontal co-operation the OAS likes to see among its members as they work together to improve security, efficiency and transparency in the public sector that will not only strengthen relationships but bring the region yet another step closer to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.”

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