Angola’s first general census to take place from 16 to 31 May 2014

6 December 2013

Angola’s National Statistics Institute (INE) plans, from 16 to 31 May, 2014, to carry out the first General Population and Housing Census since the country’s independence, INE’s director, Camilo Ceita said Thursday in Luanda.

Speaking to newspaper Jornal de Angola, the INE national director said that the post-census survey process was currently being prepared with a view to measuring the coverage of the general census.

Preparations for the census include creation of provincial, municipal and commune technical groups, as well as identifying the locations that will house distribution and storage centres in the country’s provinces as well as for recruiting census assistants.

At the beginning of next year the process of informing the population, state institutions and society in general in Angola’s official languages will begin.

Ceita noted that due to the size and diversity of the country, in May of this year a Pilot Census was carried out to test access and topography and prevent difficulties when the general census is carried out.

“INE has already identified the areas that are difficult to access and what alternative means will be used to reach those areas,” he said.

Despite this, he said it was possible that there would be some difficulty in distributing human resources across the country as there were areas without young people with the required minimum schooling, which is the ninth grade. (macauhub)