Guinea Bissau’s government starts general census of population and housing

19 March 2007

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 19 March – The government of Guinea Bissau Saturday launched its national campaign for the general census of the population and housing, in order to update the 19991 figures, which showed a population of 1.3 million people, officials said.

Issufo Sanha, Guinea’s economy minister, said that the previous census had been carried out in 1991, despite the fact that the law required a census of this kind once every ten years.

In the 34 years since the country’s independence, this will be the third general census, after those in 1979 and 1991, the last of which counted a population of 1.3 million people.

The census is due to begin in October or November of this year, but the results will be available in 15 months. The census is expected to cost 3.6 million euros.

According to Sanha, some countries, including Portugal and Brazil, have already pledged money to support the government, which, in its turn, has made around 769,000 euros available for the census.

He added that the government expected to receive financial contributions from other countries and institutions, namely the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Population Fund. (macauhub)