Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi, Director General of Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registration Authority has been elected Regional Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics & Identity Management hosted at the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Mr. Massaquoi will serve as Chief Liaison between the West Africa Region and the AU/UNECA on all matters relating to the management implementation, coordination and reporting on all CRVS & ID management programs in West Africa.
His election comes at a time the UN, AU, ECOWAS and Development Partners are pushing for a comprehensive integration of all functions of CRVS and ID Management in Africa as pioneered by the UN’ s Legal Identity for All Agenda and the World Bank’s ID for Development with the overall goal of “Leaving No One Behind.”
This international recognition was gained after his comprehensive presentation on the Sierra Leone perspective to Leave No-one Behind, in line with United Nations Legal Identity Agenda, at Fifth Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration in Lusaka, Zambia with the theme: “Innovative Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System: Foundation for Legal Identity Management.’’ The meeting ends on 18th October 2019.
Prior to his recognition, it could be recalled that the Director, Africa Centre for Statistics, Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Oliver Chinganya disclosed on CRVS day (9th August 2019) that Sierra Leone has been considered to be among the pilot countries to implement the UN Legal Identity Agenda through a One UN approach to support Member States to build a holistic, country-owned, sustainable Civil registration, vital statistics and Identity Management systems the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its key partners, stressing the importance for the continent to create a modern and comprehensive civil registration and vital statistic system (CRVS).