Mozambique: 40 Million Dollars to Computerise Civil Registration

Computing

Maputo — The Mozambican government needs 40 million US dollars in order to computerise the civil registration system throughout the country, reports the electronic newsheet "Canal de Mocambique".

The National Director of Registry and Notary Offices, ArlindoMagaia, said this sum is needed to equip all registry offices and health units with computers so that they can register children within days of their birth. Some of the money would also go to building other specialist registration facilities.

Magaia said that a computerized registration system would contribute to the government's goal of implementing a Single Citizen Identification Number (NUIC), so that all personal documents, including birth certificate, identity card, passport and driving licence carry the same number.

Magaia recognised that it is not only a shortage of computers that hinders modernisation of the civil registration system, but also the fact that electricity supply, though greatly improved in recent years, is still erratic in much of the country, and access to the Internet remains difficult, if not impossible, in many rural districts.

Currently the Ministry of Justice, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is carrying out free registration, throughout the country, of children aged from 0 to 14 who were not registered by their parents immediately after their birth.