The eighth meeting of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific was organized online, on 9 and 10 March 2022, at 13:00-16:00 Bangkok time (GMT+7).
The purpose of the meeting was to review the decisions made at the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific convened on 16-19 November 2021 and identify how the Regional Steering Group can support countries in implementing those decisions.
The Regional Steering Group discussed a number of issues, including how to strengthen data exchange between stakeholders and ensure data protection and privacy; improving the resilience of CRVS systems and the role CRVS systems play in building resilience; the importance of removing barriers to registration; strengthening the vital event notification of the health sector and how to ensure sufficient funding for CRVS systems.
The Regional Steering Group also welcomed a new Chair of the group, Mr Neel Singh, who is the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths and Marriages (‘BDM’) Office, Ministry of Justice, Fiji. Prior to taking up appointment as the Registrar-General in 2020, Mr Singh served as the Acting Official Receiver at Ministry of Justice from 2017 till 2019 and also served as an Executive Officer, Litigation at the Office of the Attorney-General from 2012-2017. Mr Singh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking Finance and Economics and also a diploma in Economics. As a RegistrarGeneral, he has a passion to make sure that every child gets registered and has a legal identity.
Mr Singh has taken over as the chair of the Regional Steering Group from Ms. Kamni Naidu, Fiji, who did an excellent job as the chair of the group for a number of years.
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