Accurate Citizen Data Will Shape Government Policy, Says President Ruto

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The Government of Kenya has announced its commitment to documenting all citizens to enhance service delivery.

President William Ruto said effective and inclusive governance of public services requires accurate citizen data.

He added that the government is working towards implementing a vital statistics system that meets the demands of a new digital era.

Ruto said the government has also instituted measures to ensure 100 per cent registration of births and deaths by 2026.

“We need accurate information on essential attributes of citizens to accurately allocate resources,” he said.

Speaking during the 7th Identification For Africa Conference held in Nairobi, President Ruto said proper identity systems will boost democracy in Africa.

President Ruto asked African national identity management agencies to collaborate and share knowledge on identity management innovations.

He called on development partners to support the government’s identity management programmes.

“We operate in an environment of escalating resource constraint and yet, at the same time, we cannot postpone or downgrade our identity management endeavours,” he said.

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