ST. JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda is using Jamaica as a model for upgrading its system of recording births, deaths and marriages.
The improvements to the country’s civil registry are being made possible by the Organization of American States (OAS). OAS Specialist Paul Hughes identified the system used in Jamaica as the most suitable for the modernization of the registry in Antigua and Barbuda.
“Jamaica not only brings technological expertise, but offers a complete business process reengineering of how a modern civil registry should operate,” said Hughes. “They have one of the most impressive operations I have seen in the region.”
Officials from Jamaica’s Registrar General’s Department, Chief Executive Office Dr. Patricia Holness and Director of Records Management and Information Technology Kerry Ann Crossbourne, visited the twin-island nation last week.
During their visit, the officials toured the facilities and held discussions on implementation plans with High Court Registrar, Charlesworth Tabor, Permanent Secretary of Legal Affairs Donald Edwards and other officials from the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology.
Hughes applauded Jamaica’s leadership and generosity in sharing its technology and business processes with the OAS for this important sub-regional project.
“This is an important demonstration of the kind of horizontal cooperation the OAS likes to see among its member states. Working together to improve security, efficiency and transparency in the public sector will not only strengthen relationships, but bring the region yet another step closer to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy,” said Hughes.
OAS cooperation on the civil registry was initiated in 2006 by the signing of an agreement and memorandum of understanding between the organization and the government of Antigua and Barbuda. The project is funded by the governments of Chile, Canada and the United States.