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Census Preparations Begin with Completion of a Two-Week Workshop

By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby

A week after the official launch of the 2020 National Population and Housing Census, regional and provincial census coordinators from around the country completed a two-week workshop.

The workshop, facilitated by National Statistical Office (NSO), also provided an opportunity for NSO to layout the plan in successfully implementing the national exercise, scheduled to begin in July next year.

Provincial census coordinators from around the country recently gathered for a two-week training workshop, in preparation for the 2020 National Population and Housing Census exercise. The training, covering issues including the overall aim of the census, and how each province would be utilising its local resources to ensure a successful count.

According to Acting National Statistician, John Igitoi, NSO is ensuring that preparations are completed as early as possible to allow for a more credible count this time around. Whilst funding may remain an issue, NSO is confident of working within its budget in setting the foundation for the national count, beginning with this training for provincial census coordinators.

For most provinces, work on identifying staff to carry out the count will be one main aim. For the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, its Census Coordinator, Michael Omepa, is confident that preparations for the actual count will go smoothly.

July 12th 2020 has been approved as the date at which the National Housing and Population Census will be based on. The official counting will begin on Monday July 13th, 2020.

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