The National – Tuesday, June 14, 2011
THE census set for next month has been given a boost by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with the presentation of electronic equipment.
This is the second year that the UNFPA has delivered equipment costing more than K200,000 to support the 2011 National Population and Housing Census.
The equipment included computers, mapping equipment and stationery supplies to the National Statistics Office mapping section.
During the delivery of the equipment in Port Moresby last Friday, UNFPA acting country representative Ian Rowie told staff of the National Statistics Office the new data from the census would be important for planning as well as to monitor and track the millennium development goals.
Rowie said the project in the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) supported the NSO on data and data analysis, National Research Institute and the demography/population studies programme at the University of Papua New Guinea in enhancing knowledge and techniques in analysing related social data.
“It is important to note that up-dated population data is vital to inform the government, private sector, non-governmental organisations, all other stakeholders and the public in knowing the population in the urban and rural areas and community settings,” Rowie said.
DPNM first assistant secretary policy budget and statistics and project director Juliana Kubak thanked UNFPA for its support for the past 13 years for coordinating and in the implementation of the population policy and general population planning.
“The equipment are necessary to finalise and have materials ready to make the census operations run smoothly given the fact that all sectors in government, non-governmental organisations, development partners and all stakeholders are looking forward to the new population data,” Kubak said.