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  • Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the staging of the inaugural Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference in creating a platform for improving how vital data is captured by countries in the Caribbean.
  • It will also allow for knowledge exchange as the registrars discuss ideas, problems, experiences, and provide solutions.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RGD and Deputy Keeper of the Records, Deirdre English Gosse, said deliberations during the inaugural conference will empower registrars to accurately capture all vital events.

Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the staging of the inaugural Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference in creating a platform for improving how vital data is captured by countries in the Caribbean.

“It augurs well for our region to have discussions and share best practices by establishing standardised data-collection protocols. We will also facilitate ongoing dialogue among our regional states concerning common and new issues that arise from time to time,” she said.

Mrs. McCalla, who is the Keeper of the Records, was addressing the opening ceremony of the conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on July 7.

The two-day event, organised by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), is aimed at increasing awareness of the critical importance of civil registration in national development, and in establishing and protecting legal identity.

It will also allow for knowledge exchange as the registrars discuss ideas, problems, experiences, and provide solutions.

Civil registration includes vital information on the citizens of the country, such as birth, death, marriage and adoption, which is collected and stored.

Mrs. McCalla said it is critical that a national civil registration system captures all persons born, naturalised or deceased so that there is an accurate record of the population. This information, she noted, will assist in the planning and development of infrastructure and services in the country.

“It also captures information in relation to migration, ageing and gender. Accurate statistics and analysis can cover whole societies or groups defined by criteria such as education, nationality, religion and ethnicity where it is appropriate so to do, and more and more there is a demand for this information,” she pointed out.

Civil registration is also important in establishing and protecting a legal identity.

Mrs. McCalla said the lack of legal identity in the justice system is often highlighted in probate matters, particularly when someone dies intestate and beneficiaries need to prove their relationship to the deceased person.

The Chief Justice said matters relating to the separation of parents, married or common law can also be affected by the lack of proper identity.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RGD and Deputy Keeper of the Records, Deirdre English Gosse, said deliberations during the inaugural conference will empower registrars to accurately capture all vital events.

“We face common challenges, which is the reason for a collaborative effort that we are pursuing,” she said.

She added that the conference participants are all in support of making improvements in the process of civil registration and identity management in the Caribbean.