The RGD, has established itself as model for the Caribbean from whom leadership is expected. This inaugural Caribbean Civil Registration Conference (CCRC) represents the first large scale gathering of civil registrars and it is intended that from this initiative greater integration and representation of Caribbean sub-regions within CLARCIEV will be achieved. This is important so that the issues that affect civil registration and national identification within these Caribbean sub-regions can be ventilated and brought to the fore.
The Registrar General’s Department of Jamaica will be hosting the inaugural Caribbean Civil Registration Conference in Montego Bay from July 6-8, 2016. The conference theme is: “Civil Registration and Identity Protection: A Development Imperative”
The inaugural Caribbean Civil Registration Conference aims to accomplish the following:
- Encourage the sharing of best practices for civil registration and national identification across the Caribbean sub-region; both in terms of high level strategic policies as well as operational practices.
- Examine the need for comprehensive national identity policies to support decision-making tools as well as, for the protection of all individuals.
- Encourage the standardization of data collection protocols that will better enable cross comparison of country data.
- Critically examine the link between civil registration and identity protection.
- Explore the establishment of a Caribbean network of civil registrars akin to CLARCIEV in Latin America,.
- Raise the national profile of the Registrar General’s Department as key stakeholder for national development.
This high level conference will bring together the heads of all Caribbean Registrars, the chair of CLARCIEV, Government stakeholders from the Ministries of Health, Education, National Security, Justice, the Office of the Prime Minister, the National Vital Statistics Commission, Embassies and Consulates located in Jamaica. There will also be participation from private stakeholders from the financial sector.
The conference will run over two and half days. It will feature a combination of lecture presentations, work shop activities, panel discussions and open mic discussion sessions. Expert participants will be invited to share best practices and new developments within the field.