European Commission contributes to carrying out Mozambique population census

25 May 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 May – The European Commission (EC) is to contribute 11 million euros (around US$14 million) to the costs of the 3rd Mozambican population census, which is to be held in the first half of August, under the terms of an agreement signed Thursday in Maputo.

The agreement, signed by the Mozambican deputy foreign minister, Henrique Banze and the EC delegate in Mozambique, Glauco Calzuolo, will provide 40 percent of the total cost of the census.

According to João Loureiro, chairman of Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute (INE), US$10 million, of the total US$14 million granted, will be used immediately to cover several operational costs, namely printing census forms.

Speaking to journalists, Loureiro said that preparations for the census were going according to plan and added that, with the funds made available by the EC, everything will be prepared to start the census on August 3.

The population census is expected to cost just over US$34 million.

The Mozambican government will contribute US$4.6 million and, as well as the EC, the World Bank, Great Britain and Ireland and the United States Development Agency are contributing to the program. (macauhub)