Plans for Burma census continuing



(Mizzima) – Burma continues its preparations for conducting its nationwide population census in 2014, the first in 30 years.

Under an agreement with the United Nations, the Parliamentary Committee on Population and Social Development will coordinate the nationwide population survey.

Burma’s population grew 2.02 percent from 1998 to 2006, according to government data. In October 2011, its population stood at 60.38 million, official figures showed.

According to the Yangon City Development Committee (the population of Rangoon city was 6.12 million in 2011, 1.15 million more than the 2010 figure.

Burma conducted its last census in 1983 when it showed that among a total population of 34.12 million: 24.79 per cent were urban residents with nearly 40 per cent of them living in the Rangoon region, the country’s largest urban area.

UN representative Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, in a recent coordination meeting in Naypyitaw, spoke about the demographic transition Burma is going through.

Calling for stakeholders’ cooperation, he said the census would be an essential tool for developing responsive policies.

He added: “Censuses generate accurate information on population growth and help to estimate current and future needs, including needs for schools, teachers, hospitals, doctors, nurses and employment opportunities, housing, and social security and safety nets.”


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