Source: Addis Fortune (Ethiopia)
By Fasika Tadesse
The fund is part of a 190 million dollar financing of the Bank
As the last funding of this fiscal year, the World Bank (WB) has granted 345 million Br to the Vital Events Registration Agency (VERA) with the aim of automating the registration process in the country.
The loan agreement was signed last Thursday at the premises of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) located on King George VI Avenue. Abraham Tekeste (PhD), minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, and Carolyn Turk, WB’s country director for Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan, inked the agreement.
« We will use the finance to automate our registration system and to procure logistics materials which will facilitate our registration process, » said Elsa Tesfay, general manager of VERA.
The Agency was established five years ago with the primary aim of directing, coordinating and keeping centrally the registration of vital events – such as birth, marriage, divorce and death – at a national level. But the Agency officially kicked off registration for such events in August 2016.
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