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Mozambique is to conduct its fourth General Census of Population and Housing, on 15 August this year, and expects to record around 27 million inhabitants, National Institute of Statistics (INE) spokesman Cirilio Tembe has told Lusa.
“The 2007 census counted 20,800,000 [inhabitants]; in 2017, according to our projections, the country’s population is estimated to be 27,100,000,” a growth of 30 percent, he said.
The estimate is based on the 2007 data and uses conventional mathematical formulae.
“Because the census is conducted at 10-year intervals, these projections arise. There are specific techniques, looking at the characteristics of the country, the rate of population growth and levels of development, make projections of population,” Tembe explained.
The census also aims to ascertain the type of dwelling Mozambicans live in, and will will be used to evaluate the stage of development of the country and policy development needs.
Tembe says the census will not establish data on poverty, but will provide elements for the formulation of policies in areas such as water supply, health and education.
The census operation will involve some 200,000 people, including census takers, supervisors and community leaders, and will cover all the country’s households and other domiciles such as hotels, barracks, student homes and hospitals.
The cost of the census is estimated at US$75 million (EUR 66,500,000 euros), money provided by the Mozambican government and international partners including the World Bank, which will deliver its contribution in mid-July.
To assist in the census’s smooth running, the government has decided to grant a school holidays across the country so that teachers and students can work as census takers.
Mozambique’s first population census was held in 1980, five years after independence, followed by 1987 and then at interval of ten years as recommended by international practice.Source: Lusa
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