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Preps to conduct the 2020 Census underway 

As a country grows in population, many fundamental issues fall into play with regards to how governments can plan for the growth in population and implement policies in order to push the developmental agenda forward.

Governments can only know the exact number of people in a given locality across the country if a census is carried out.

The uses of a census are many. According to the 2020 Population and Housing Census document by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) published in June 2017, census contribute to the overall planning and management of national affairs by providing essential baseline data for policy-making planning and administrative purposes.

In simpler terms, Census help to identify areas of need and also create a reliable data base that scholars, academicians, government departments and ministries can use effectively. For investors, census plays a significant role and helps them to know where to invest and what to invest respectively.

The United Nations defines a Population and Housing Census as the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analysing and publishing or otherwise disseminating demographic, economic and social data pertaining, at a specific time, to all person in a country or well-defined part of the country.

Furthermore, the United Nations also recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. To this effect Zambia has conducted five censuses on National Population and Housing in 1969,1980,1990,2000 and 2010. The 2020 census is going to be the sixth in the sequence.

For a successful census to be carried out the support from different stakeholders and Cooperating Partners is vital.

It is against this background that stakeholders were invited to the 2020 Census Launch of the Questionnaire Consultative meeting held at Radisson Blu Hotel recently.

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