Angola: Government prepares population census

10 February 2009

Luanda, Angola, 10 Feb – The government is working on creating technical conditions necessary for carrying out a general census of the population up to 2014 said the director of the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica (INE), Maria Ferreira Monday in Luanda.

“We are making efforts to ensure that the country can carry out a census of the population within the census round from 2005 to 2014,” she said, in statements made to Angolan news agency, Angop on the first day of the Fourth Symposium on the Development of Statistics in Africa, under the motto of 2010 Census Round on Population and Dwelling.

Regarding the production of general statistical information on the country, Maria Ferreira said that there was a national plan to invert the current situation of very little statistical information on the various aspects of “national life” being published.

The Fourth Symposium on the Development of Statistics in Africa, which started Monday and is expected to continue until Friday, is being attended by representatives from 52 African countries and is supported by the African Development Bank (ADB) and by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Experts consider it opportune that the symposium is taking place in Angola, as the country has not carried out a census for over forty years, and this is a unique opportunity to share experiences with other countries which regularly survey their respective populations.

The most recent estimates indicate that Angola has a population of 17.02 million. (macauhub)