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  • Steve Hayes
    I haven t seen much discussion of this among genealogists, perhaps because we are always looking backward while going forward, but it could have profound
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      I haven't seen much discussion of this among genealogists, perhaps because we
      are always looking backward while going forward, but it could have profound
      implications for future genealogists.

      Africa: Experts At CRVs Conference in Critical Talks
      Tagged: Africa, Ecotourism, NGO, South Africa, Southern Africa, Sustainable
      Development, Travel
      By Irene Naidoo, 3 September 2012

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      Durban — Experts meeting at the 2nd Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
      Conference are currently locked in critical discussions and debates on how to
      improve the field on the African continent.

      The experts are meeting in Durban until Wednesday and are expected to set the
      tone for the ministerial meeting and to a large extent, influence the shape
      of its outcomes, said Dimitri Sanga, Director at the African Centre for
      Statistics at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

      "It is extremely crucial that in the next three days, experts discuss and
      debate all technical issues related to the improvement of civil registration
      in Africa... in order to help your ministers provide clear policy guidelines
      in the improvement of these systems," he told the delegates at the start of
      the conference on Monday.

      Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan was also at the
      conference's opening, where she highlighted the critical role civil
      registration and vital statistics played in advancing the continents'
      developmental agenda.

      Civil registration and the gathering of vital statistics was about
      development, success, and prosperity, she stressed.

      "Without an accurate database of its citizens, their status and other vital
      information, a country can't even begin to call itself a proper democracy...
      How do you conduct free and fair elections? It simply cannot account for its
      own security and it cannot become prosperous," Chohan added.

      Without accurate statistics, governments would end up building sports stadia
      where hospitals were required; would build schools that were inaccessible;
      and would invest millions on roads that no one would use, she pointed out.

      Experts discussing the civil registration and vital statistics had the
      opportunity ensure the prevalence of democracy and sound governance in all
      African countries and the ability to be able to "pluck from the tree of
      prosperity", Chohan added.

      In his address to delegates, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said that
      civil registration and vital statistics were fundamental to everything
      countries and governments planned and carried out.

      "For planning, we require accurate data and vital statistics, and for the
      execution of government programmes and service delivery. In the absence of
      accurate data, vital statistics and civil registration, it makes it difficult
      to quantify," he added.

      Accurate data was also important in order to ensure that the resources of a
      country were equitably distributed across its population.

      The experts are meeting at the Durban International Convention Centre ahead
      of the Ministerial Conference on 6 and 7 September.

      Their meeting is expected to provide a comprehensive analytical framework and
      a roadmap that will culminate in recommendations for the ministers to
      deliberate upon and ratify.

      The conference, held under the theme 'Improving Civil Registration and Vital
      Statistics Institutional and Human Infrastructure in Africa', is coordinated
      by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African
      Union Commission (AUC), African Development Bank, and hosted by the South
      African Government.

      The Ministerial Conference will be chaired by Home Affairs Minister and
      Chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

      Fifty-four African Ministers responsible for civil registration and vital
      statistics are expected to attend the conference, as well as about 500
      delegates from African countries including senior civil registration
      technical experts, development partners, young statisticians and professional

      The South African government delegation will be led by Dlamini Zuma and
      include representatives of the Ministries of Home Affairs, International
      Relations and Co-operation, Health, Social Development, SAPS, Defence and
      Stats SA.


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