UNDP and the Government of Switzerland to Support the Civil Registration Reforms in Tajikistan16.12.2015
Dushanbe, 16 December 2015 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tajikistan signed the Project on ‘Support to the Civil Registry System Reform in Tajikistan’ with financial contribution from the Government of Switzerland. The project will support the Government of Tajikistan in reforming the civil registry system by improving its functioning nationwide and making it responsive to the needs of the population, especially the most vulnerable groups.
The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan and attended by the high-level officials from the Government, namely Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ministry Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan, Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan as well as the representatives of Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and UN Women.
The ‘Support to Civil Registration System Reform in Tajikistan’ Project will be implemented by UNDP in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan and co-funding from the Government of Switzerland and UNDP that comprises $5.2 million for Phase I (2016-2019). The project is in line with the State Programme on legal and judicial reforms (2015-2017) and directly contributes to implementation of the State Programme on the development of the Civil Registry Offices (ZAGS) for 2014-2019.
“Capacity development and engagement of actors at different levels of decision making will ensure more coordinated civil registration reform process and more sustainable development outcomes”, said Alexander Zuev, UNDP Resident Representative at the project’s signing ceremony.
The Civil Registry System Reform Project outlines the main problems in the functioning of the ZAGS system in Tajikistan and proposes certain measures to address the existing gaps. Speaking at the signing ceremony Rustam Shohmurod, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan said: “A functioning and accurate civil registry system is the foundation for a modern public administration and will enable the state to have an up to data and accurate information for evidence based planning and decision making”.
The ‘Support to Civil Registration System Reform in Tajikistan’ project builds on the achievements of the past initiatives of UNDP funded by the Government of Switzerland and was designed based on extensive consultations with the state institutions, UN Agencies, international and local NGOs, as well as the population.
“The Government of Switzerland is supporting policy reforms in Tajikistan for more than 15 years. Comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics are crucial for the formulation of successful policies across multiple sectors”, said Nathalie Barbancho, Deputy Country Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan.
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