2020 Census preps go into top gear

Preparations to conduct the next round of census have advanced as the Ministry of National Development Planning through the Zambia Statistics Agency – Zamstats flagged off activities for the 2020 Census Mapping exercise in five provinces of Zambia last December.

Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme during a Resource Mobilisation High Level meeting held in Lusaka recently unleashed a Census Budget of K758, 273, 806 translated to over US$ 53 million at a rate of US$ 1 = 14.25

A funding gap of K300, 336, 231 needs to be met to achieve a successful census slated for August this year.  “We have already started some processes and some procedures through the mapping and listing and also the procurement of Tablets which are going to be used during the exercise”, said the Minster.

And United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Coumba MarGadio emphasized the importance of conducting a census at different levels and how the UN will do the best they can to advocate for resources for the census undertaking to be a success. She added that the UN family has so far provided technical support and procurement of what is needed for the census. As evidenced from the census budget, the 2020 census is a mammoth task which requires colossal sums of money and adequate preparation for it to be implemented.

Government aims to ensure that the journey to achieving a successful census is realised and has committed to meet 60 percent of the required census budget. Conducting a census is vital as Zambia has a proven track record of conducting census from the time she gained independence in 1964.

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