Na­tion­wide cen­sus to in­clude en­tire coun­try

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­[email protected]­times.com

An in­terim cen­sus will be con­ducted in 2019 to col­lect data across the coun­try, even in ar­eas not un­der govern­ment con­trol, a se­nior of­fi­cial says.

THE 2019 In­terim Cen­sus will col­lect pop­u­la­tion data from all parts of the coun­try, even ar­eas not un­der Myan­mar govern­ment con­trol, said U Nyi Nyi, act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Pop­u­la­tion.

“We will be col­lect­ing cen­sus data ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing eth­nic ar­eas,” he told the me­dia at an event to un­veil the So­cial Se­cu­rity Re­port on Tues­day.

The cen­sus will be con­ducted in all 15 re­gions and states, in­clud­ing Nay Pyi Taw.

“We will use a sam­ple of one or two per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. For ex­am­ple, if there are 10 homes in an area, we will take data from one house,” he said.

The de­part­ment will con­duct the cen­sus next Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber to ob­tain sta­tis­ti­cal and pop­u­la­tion data that will be used for a decade, he said.

“The coun­try has seen many changes and, as the so­cio-eco­nomic land­scape evolves, bet­ter pop­u­la­tion data will be re­quired to steer devel­op­ment,” he said.

No cen­sus was con­ducted in the 30 years af­ter 1983. A cen­sus was made in 2014, and its data was used to gen­er­ate over 1000 re­ports in English and Myan­mar on re­gions, states and town­ships.

“Data from the cen­sus will be cru­cial to achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals,” Labour, Im­mi­gra­tion and Pop­u­la­tion Min­is­ter U Thein Swe said.

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