Luanda, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Angola created an interministerial commission to address the country’s difficulties in birth registration and the attribution of identity cards to citizens, it was reported today.
According to the Angolan press agency (Angop), the decision was adopted by President João Lourenço in order to study the persistent problems and advance in the massification of both procedures, essential for individuals’ access to basic goods and services.
When communicating the measure, the Executive confirmed the need to reinforce the usufruct of the fundamental rights of national citizens and indicated that the multisectoral team will be coordinated by the Minister of State and head of the President’s Civil House, Adão de Almeida.
According to the source, the head of Justice and Human Rights will act as deputy coordinator of the working group, also made up of the heads of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Territorial Administration and Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technologies portfolios. Social.
In addition, the directors of the Information and State Security Service and the Institute for Administrative Modernization will intervene.
The purpose, stressed the Casa Civil, is to guarantee the full enjoyment of fundamental rights by Angolans.
Evaluations by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) maintain that the number of boys and girls whose births are officially registered has increased considerably worldwide, but more than 160 million, under the age of five, remain unregistered civil.
A boy or girl who is not registered at birth “is invisible”, being non-existent in the eyes of the Government or the law; and without proof of identity, they are often excluded from access to education, health care and other vital services, and are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, the agency estimated.