JEMBI/UEM-MOASIS Talks about Interoperability at the IV Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs

As a partner of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs (MJCR) in the realm of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), Jembi/UEM-MOASIS was invited to participate and present the latest developments regarding interoperability between subsystems of civil registration and vital statistics at the IV Coordinating Council of the MJCR.

His Excellency Joaquim Veríssimo, Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, accompanied by representatives of the MJCR, INAGE and Jembi/UEM-MOASIS

Maputo, September 2018 – The IV Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, under the theme “Integrated, Effective and Modern Justice System”, which took place from 22 to 24 August the current year, was aimed at improving the management and dissemination of government information. The topics of the first part of the agenda included: 1) The role of Electronic Government in the modernization of the State, presented by Sérgio Mapsanganhe – General Director of the National Institute of Electronic Governance (INAGE); 2) Modernization of the MJCR: Registries and Notaries, Penitentiary Services, Revenue Management and Human Resources, presented by João Nhaule – Director of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) of the MJCR; and 3) the interoperability between Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) subsystems presented by Marcelino Mugai – Project Coordinator at Jembi/UEM-MOASIS, highlighting the role of the organization in strengthening the national CRVS system in Mozambique.

In light of government efforts to improve data exchange among state institutions, accelerate administrative processes, and improve quality and access to CRVS information, the MJCR and the Interinstitutional Vital Statistics Working Group (GITEV) highlighted interoperability between CRVS subsystems as a priority. It is in this context that Jembi/UEM-MOASIS presented, in addition to the most recent developments of the interoperability project, an overview of the development methodology being adopted, with a focus on the development stages and details on the different dimensions of integration that guide this work. In spite of the advancements presented, the heterogeneity of the system models was identified as an obstacle to interoperability, because each system is created separately, in different contexts and by different developers, implementing its own data and process models, and developed without the intention of communicating with other systems. The limitation of financial resources for the operationalization of the national interoperability plan for CRVS was also presented as a recurring challenge.

In conclusion, His Excellency Joaquim Veríssimo, Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, emphasized the importance of the technical support provided by organizations such as Jembi/UEM-MOASIS in the field of information and communication technology, and added that, despite the progress made by the sector and other institutional actors, there is a need to accelerate the process of computerization of the Justice sector, improve the Gov Net network and coordination between government bodies in order to ensure the implementation of the Unique Citizen Identification Number (NUIC) as the key to the success of interoperability.

“This project is possible thanks to a partnership between Mozambique and the American people through the financing of PEPFAR – CDC “.