Digitization of Vital Statistics Unit to Streamline Document Services

Digitization of Vital Statistics Unit to Streamline Document Services

The digitization of the Vital Statistics unit was an initiative started by former Attorney General Magali Marin Young. Based on a 2021 study that identified various weaknesses of the VSU the AG’s ministry contracted the Lithuanian company NRD last year to begin works on bringing many of the key services offered by the unit online. Attorney General Anthony Sylvestre gave an update this week saying that the digitization process is ongoing, but that the end result will make applying for documents easier for Belizeans at home as well as within the diaspora.

We note that the former AG did say that the digitization would come at the cost of some jobs within the unit, and many of the tasks currently completed by clerks will be moved to an online service. The unit will, however, require greater IT support.

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