ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Friday commended the remarkable progress in revitalizing the civil registration and vital statistics systems across the African continent.
The remark was made by Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the ECA.
"Africa has made impressive progress in its efforts to revitalize its civil registration and vital statistics systems," an ECA statement quoted Chinganya as saying on Friday, adding "the level of development of civil registration and vital statistics systems in Africa had also improved a lot in the past few years."
The ECA director called on African countries and pan African institutions to exert concerted efforts towards the promotion of modern civil registration and vital statistics systems across Africa.
"The continent needs to tap into the success registered so far to continue modernizing and building a comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics system in Africa," Chinganya said.
According to figures from the ECA, Africa is "faced with a critical legal identity gap, whereby many exist without being known to their governments and without any means to prove who they are."
"To lack a legal identity means that you do not exist at all in the eyes of the state, making it very difficult for the authorities to plan. Progress is being made but we also still have a lot of work to do," said the Statistics Director.