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90% of Cameroon's Civil Status Centers Await Digitization (BUNEC)

90% of Cameroon's Civil Status Centers Await Digitization (BUNEC)

Paru le mardi, 02 avril 2024 04:38

The National Bureau of Civil Status (Bunec) has announced its ambition to digitize all civil status centers in Cameroon. Currently, only 42 of the 432 centers have been digitized, primarily in Yaoundé and Douala, the country’s two major cities. Some centers in the Far North region have also transitioned from manual to digital registration.

To achieve its stated goal, Bunec has adopted the South Korean model, globally recognized for its digitization of civil records. Bunec has also sought funding from the World Bank to digitize all of Cameroon’s civil registry centers. At the local level, Bunec continues to train civil registrars, with nearly 12,000 registrars and secretaries already trained to facilitate the digital transition.

For Cameroonian authorities, digitization is not merely a political initiative, but a means to address the issue of invisible children - children without birth certificates. In 2024, nearly 1.6 million such children are expected to attend school in Cameroon. To combat this issue, the Ministry of Decentralisation and Local Development (Minddevel) has launched a mass enrolment project, with the Ministry of Basic Education (Minedub) committing to register 80,000 children.

Michel Ange Nga

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