Tanzania: State – Electronic Birth Certificates in Offing
Source: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
PLANS are underway to electronically register and issue birth certificates to over 15 million Tanzanians by the year 2025 through the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), the National Assembly was told yesterday.
Tanzania’s Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Dr Augustine Mahiga, told parliamentarians here that through the arrangement, the government seeks to issue birth certificates to 15,917,602 Tanzanians by the year 2025.
Dr Mahiga, a veteran diplomat, made the remarks when reacting to a basic question by Special Seats MP, Ms Fatma Toufiq (CCM), who had challenged the government to explain how it was prepared to issue birth certificates to Tanzanians of all ages.
Through the electronic system, Dr Mahiga said RITA is expected to increase the number of registration for children under five years old and as well as reduce by 50 per cent the number of Tanzanians who do not have birth certificates to 21,508,277.
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