NBS in resource drive ahead of Census 2022

05Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NBS in resource drive ahead of Census 2022

THE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) needs 400,000 tablets among other resources to enable it conduct the 2022 Population and Housing Census in a period of three days across the country.

Statistician General Dr Albina Chuwa made this remark in Dar es Salaam yesterday upon receiving 60 tablets priced at over 19m/,- donated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to complement government efforts in preparing for the census exercise.

She said currently, the government was in the process of procuring 300 laptops, in which case the business community and stakeholders need to find means of contributing the needed gadgets to support the census.

The 2022 census is expected to register 64m on the basis of current estimates and it will be done at an equally estimated cost of $2.16 per person.

For the first time in local census history, the forthcoming exercise will include a set of migration- related questions to capture migration-related indicators to consolidate migration data for development planning.

The just donated tablets will be distributed equally between the Mainland and Zanzibar, while at the

census proper, each tallying officer shall have one tablet to count five to six households and load the data to a centralised system, she further noted.

"It is a waking call to the business community across the country, stakeholders and development partners to lend their support," the director declared, elaborating that .the data collected will be used for planning at the national level and too update data about Tanzania in global statistical bases in view of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs).

The trial exercise will involve marking geographical areas for trials ending late April 2022, involving 67,000 neighbourhoods (encompassed by a street) in rural areas and about 5,000 streets in urban areas will be identified and enumerators allocated to them, to ease the census exercise later.

Dr Qasim Sufi, the IOM Chief of Mission on his part commended NBS preparations and design for the coming census, especially as it will capture migration-related indicators.

He said Tanzania needs migration-related data to report on ongoing global processes and population or regionally based frameworks such as the SDG and the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

Dr Sufi said the global processes present a key opportunity to improve the capacity to collect, monitor, report, analyse and improve data relating to migration.

Tanzania needs to collect data for migration-relevant indicators and take apart this data to find out the migratory status in various localities, how this indicator relates to other indicators, he stated.

This is in line with objective 1 of the global census objectives, that is the need to collect and utilise accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies, he said.

"IOM is honoured to support NBS which is taking strides to improve national data collection, analysis and dissemination by integrating migration relevant questions in the national census. This is key to support Tanzania reporting and monitoring for global development processes,” he added

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