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The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) began rolling out an electronic birth registration system in Mon State on Thursday.

The system is part of the Mobile Birth and Death Registration (MBDR) project carried out by the government, UNICEF and Telenor Group.

The CSO utilises an electronic platform, known as the Vital Registration E-Platform, to document and archive birth and death records.

U Aye Zan, the state’s chief minister, said the electronic birth registration system ushers in the modernisation of civil registry in the country.

“The MBDR will support an efficient, effective and highly responsive civil registration system in Myanmar,” he said. “It will improve the productivity of basic health staff at all levels by reducing paperwork.”

U Tin Myint, deputy minister of the Office of the Union Government, said the project would boost the e-government project.

“With such a system in place, there will be no need to set aside resources for transporting, printing and filing paper forms,” he said.

Currently, birth registration and certification is carried out in townships by using paper forms.

The project will facilitate the digitalisation of collecting, registering and archiving vital records.

“We welcome the strengthened focus on enabling a digital Myanmar. We believe that building a strong, inclusive digital economy is critical to reducing inequality and empowering individuals,” said Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer of Telenor Myanmar.

June Kunugi, UNICEF representative to Myanmar, underscored the importance of birth registration, saying it is the “first right of every child and a stepping stone to enjoying other rights such as health care, education and protection.”

“Today, we witnessed how this innovative technology will help in ensuring the fundamental and unconditional right of a child to be registered at birth,” she said. “This is also helping to translate into reality the commitment Myanmar made in the new Child Rights Law to make birth registration free and accessible to all children.”


Autor(en)/Author(s): John Grafilo

Quelle/Source: Myanmar Times, 04.10.2019

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