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Sar Kheng: Civil registry system needs technology upgrade

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Sar Kheng: Civil registry system needs technology upgrade

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said that Cambodia would invest in a computerised civil registry system that permits registrations through websites and via mobile apps in order to facilitate the provision of civil registry services.

He made the remarks on November 19 at a virtual ministerial roundtable meeting on the development of a robust civil registry system and integrating the lessons learned from the pandemic into the second phase of the civil registry improvements.

“Cambodia will invest in a computerised civil registry system that allows registrations through websites and mobile technology and adjust the way the system works to facilitate the provision of services and civil registration,” he said

He added that the Covid-19 pandemic had disrupted socio-economic activities and it had also impacted the government's ability to maintain the services and functions of the civil registry system and produce accurate civil registry statistics, according to the Ministry of Interior’s Facebook page on November 19.

He said that the government had defined vaccination as a key strategic measure to prevent the spread of the disease in communities and to strengthen treatment capacity. The government had also laid out intervention measures in socio-economic areas to help maintain a balance between disease prevention and people’s businesses and livelihoods.

He added that the Covid-19 preventive measures had also contributed significantly to the inability of the civil registry system to continue functioning and that this was one of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic but the civil registry system can be restored quickly and that work is now in progress.

Sar Kheng said on his Facebook page on November 19 that comprehensive and timely civil registry statistical data produced from civil registrations will help the government set goals and respond effectively to emergencies or disasters.

He noted that Cambodia is implementing a number of initiatives set out in the 10-year National Strategic Plan on Identification 2017-2026 that will help the civil registry system with the production of accurate civil registry statistics.


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