Strengthening civil registration services

May 16, 2023
Photo: UNDP Tajikistan
15 May 2023, Dushanbe

Information and communication equipment and four minivans were handed over to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan as a part of an initiative to support the Civil Registry System Reform in the country. 
Funded by the European Union (EU) and the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO), the initiative aims to support the protection of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights by making civil registry institutions and mechanisms more responsive to the populations’ needs through automatization, better capacity development approaches, and awareness raising.

Senior dignitaries of the Ministry of Justice, European Union (EU), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO), and UNDP attended the handover ceremony at the Marriage Registration office to celebrate the multilateral cooperation in supporting the civil registration system.

Muzaffar Ashuriyon, Minister of Justice, emphasized the Government’s commitment to the promotion of e-governance. In his speech, Mr. Ashuriyon commended the undertaken efforts in the digital transformation of the civil registration system and its integration with other public institutions.


To support the Government in its mission to make civil registry institutions more responsive to the populations’ needs both EU and SDC funded the procurement of IT equipment ($US 736,000) which includes laptops, desktops, printers and uninterruptable power supplies (UPS). Marc Buchmann, the Head of Cooperation of the European Union noted in his remarks that “The activities that are envisaged to be implemented under the project are crucial for supporting the reform of the civil registry system so people of Tajikistan, who are the final beneficiaries of the project, take the full advantage from its outcomes.”

The four minivans procured by the Government of Switzerland will bring civil registration and public information services to the doorsteps of citizens living in remote areas. Vehicles will travel across a pre-established route and visit all jamoats (municipalities) to offer mobile civil registration services. Salome Steib, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan marked that “We would continue to encourage the Ministry to expand their work on the civil registration beyond the existing civil registry offices in order to cover the gap in quality services in the rural regions.”

“We value the cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and appreciate our donors – the EU and the Government of Switzerland – for their vital support to improve public services for all Tajik citizens,” said Lenni Montiel, UNDP Resident Representative.


For further details, please contact: 

Mr. Filippo Caruso, Project Manager, UNDP Civil Registry System Reform project at

EU Delegation to Tajikistan
Address details: 74 Adhamova Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734013
Tel: ( +992 37) 221 74 07 - Fax: (+992 37) 221 43 21

Swiss Cooperation Office and Consular Agency
Address details: 3, Tolstoy Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734003
Tel: (+992 44) 600 54 00, +992 44 600 54 55