Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Winston Felix Monday announced that more than 300,000 Guyana birth certificates with security features have been ordered, saying that such a large number of the document was required to cope with increased demand.
People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) front-bencher, Dr. Frank Anthony queried why the need for so many birth certificates because there an estimated 15,000 births per year.
Responding, Felix cautioned Anthony against linking the order to the number of births. “The Honourable member should not confuse births with the demand for birth certificates,” he said.
The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship pointed out that Guyanese also require replacements for damaged and lost birth certificates.
The new Guyana birth certificates will be produced by Canadian Bank Note.