First Angolan population census to cost over US$70 million

8 May 2013

The first Angolan General Population and Housing Census since the country’s independence is estimated to cost 7 billion kwanzas (around US$73 million), the director of the National Statistics Institute (INE) said Tuesday in Luanda.

Camilo Ceita told Angolan news agency Angop that the cost, although high, was explained by the size of the project of carrying out a census of the population and surveying the housing stock across the whole of Angola.

The director of INE recognised that it was a significant expense for a government to carry out a General Population and Housing Census without the financial support of other States and international organisations.

Angola, he said, was one of the new countries in Africa that was carrying out its census with its own funds, as most of the countries on the continent carry out their censuses with significant foreign financial assistance.

He said that Angola’s INE had the support of the National Statistics Institutes of Mozambique, Cape Verde, Brazil and the United Nations Population Fund, but only for technical assistance.

According to the INE director the effort the Angolan government is making is not an expense, but rather an investment as it will be used to collect credible and useful data.

The previous statistical survey of Angola’s population was carried out in 1973, during the period of Portugal’s colonial rule. (macauhub)