The Department for Community Development and Religion has launched their Annual Operational Plan 2014 yesterday.
The ceremony took place at the Crown Plaza hotel, attended by Minister, Loujaya Kouza, Department’s Acting Secretary, Anna Solomon, Government Department’s representatives, Aid and Development Partners.
During the launching, three key priority areas for work this year were highlighted.
One of them was the establishment of the Office of Religion.
This project will strengthen dialogue and information sharing between Churches and the Government.
This project will carry on from the existing Church partnership framework currently managed by the National Planning Department.
The second priority area was Social Protection which includes Pension for the Elderly and the Disabled.
Technical assistance was given by development partners like World Bank, UNICEF and AusAID, for the development of the new Social Protection Policy.
The third priority area was the rollout of National Identification Card project.
Last year, the department successfully reviewed the Civil Registration Act and the National Civil Registration Policy.
The amended Civil Registration Act is now called the Civil Registration Personal Identification Act 2013, and the new Policy is called the National Persons and Civil Registration Policy.
This year the department will focus its resources on establishing administrative and data collection.
The Identification Card Project is important as it will help the Government to plan appropriately, and will also help in the running of the 2017 election.
The Identification Card Project is expected to complete by 2016.
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