Nam population census next year

Windhoek – Namibia will hold a national census next year, the third one since independence in 1990, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said. He made the announcement at an event to celebrate World Statistics Day in Windhoek on Wednesday. A national census is regarded as the most extensive, complicated and expensive operation that a country can undertake.  Namibia held national censuses in 1991 and  2001. Preparations for the 2011 census are already underway. “I therefore, use this opportunity to urge all our stakeholders to render the required co-operation and support to our Census Officials during this important national exercise,” President Pohamba said. The theme for this year’s celebration is Service, Professionalism, Integrity. President Pohamba said official statistics provide valuable information on the basis of which government and other institutions can plan.  It was therefore important to have reliable statistics readily available. “In the process of statistical production, due regard should be given to the promotion of core values of official statistics, namely relevance, impartiality, professional standards and ethics, accountability and transparency.  The President said the legislation regulating statistics was promulgated in 1976 and a new Bill had been submitted to modernise the legislation. World Statistics Day, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the importance of statistics in shaping societies. In a statement to mark the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said statistics permeate modern life.  “They are the basis for many governmental, business and community decisions. They provide information and insight about the trends and forces that affect our lives. Collected in surveys and censuses – three billion people will participate in population and housing censuses this year alone – statistics affect the planning of schools, hospitals, roads and much else. “Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. For development to succeed, we need data collection and statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease. Statistics are a central consideration in justifying almost every aspect of budgets and programmes that enable hungry children to be fed or that provide shelter and emergency health care for victims of natural disasters,” Ban said. He added: “However, as in so many other areas, developing countries often find themselves at a disadvantage, lacking funds to pay salaries, train staff and collect data. On this first World Statistics Day I encourage the international community to work with the United Nations to enable all countries to meet their statistical needs. Let us all acknowledge the crucial role of statistics in fulfilling our global mission of development and peace.”

October 2010
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