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Apr 17, 2018

The Road to a National ID System

The Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with the Statistical Institute of Belize kicked off a four-day course on administrative data. For the past two years, both institutions have been working on pooling together administrative data from public sector agencies to see how it can help policy makers. The concept is for all Belizeans to have a unique ID number to which data collected through administrative registers, already established by government departments, will be linked. Those include educational, health, tax data and the like. News Five spoke with the S.I.B.’s Doctor Steve Perriott and I.D.B. Janine Perfit on the issue.

 

Steve Perriott

Dr. Steve Perriott, Director General, Statistical Institute of Belize

“We have used administrative data for some of our things like national counts, but this is a bit different because what they are talking about are administrative registers which implies that each person, household or business has a unique identifying number and so then a register that is created by health can be linked to a register that is created by education. Right now it can’t be done. You have your social security number; you have your tax ID, you have your GST number and these are three separate things all together. What he is talking about is how do you structure your registers so you can link these things.”

 

Janine Perfit

Janine Perfit, Lead Specialist, Innovation for Citizens Services, IDB

“We’ve brought in two experts who formally worked for Statistics Sweden; they have a long history of working with administrative data. It sounds very complicated, but it is just the data that the ministries and the departments and agencies collect for their own purposes—education data, health data, trade data, things like that. And what the course will look at is can we possible link up those different kinds of data so it’s not just health data, but it’s health and education data so perhaps you will know what kind of illnesses or sicknesses school children get by linking the data together. That would make it interesting so that the school managers the local government can actually make a decision on what to do with certain health problems in schools.”

 

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