Vice President U Myint Swe delivers speech at successful completion of nationwide census

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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the ceremony to mark the completion of the nationwide population and household census yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe delivered a speech at a ceremony to mark the completion of the nationwide population and household census, which was held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 (MICC-2) yesterday morning.
At the ceremony, Vice President U Myint Swe said the 2014 census was taken after 30 years had passed, and started with a signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Myanmar government and United Nations in 2012.
As expected, the taking of the census faced challenges and unavoidable difficulties. Census work requires much investment in both time and money, and many government departments need to work together at all stages.
More than 120,000 teachers participated, as the government coordinated with relevant departments and persons throughout the country, resulting in the successful completion of the census.
In the 2014 census, many internationally recognized statisticians, population experts and social scientists provided suggestions, which is in accord with international standards. Their help was very much appreciated, said the Vice President.
In conducting the nation’s development work, especially in the socio-economic sector, political reform, establishing democracy and peace processes, census data are very useful. It has been 30 years since the country’s projects were conducted, with only an estimated population. The longer the estimates were used, the less accurate were the numbers. Those inaccuracies were corrected in the 2014 census. The census is the leading important work process of all the other national level works. The experience from the census greatly supported the general election and peace process. Particularly, the voices of small ethnic nationals were heard and trust was constructed.
Based on the 2014 census data, union level reports, 15 states and regions level reports, 13 detailed analysis research reports, census result map results, and town and township reports totaling more than 400 reports were made and all reports were posted online.
The 2014 census was a valuable investment for Myanmar and international organisations, as well as supporting the establishment of a democratic system and increasing the capacity of organisations and individuals for progress in the development process. As exact and correct data were made available in a timely manner, information obtained from daily work is urged to be used for the best benefits.
The government will continue to work toward publishing the remaining data from ethnicity lists in the census. Furthermore, as per the suggestion of the United Nations, preparations are being made to conduct the census once every ten years.
Special thanks to United Nations Population Fund for helping in the smooth completion of the census work. Also, thanks on behalf of the nation to donor countries Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Britain.
The Vice President then announced the successful completion of the population and household census work, and proclaimed the availability of reports simultaneously to data users country-wide and throughout the world.
Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe explained about the “Policy Brief” obtained from census data, followed by remarks from United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Knut Ostby.
Afterwards the usefulness of census data was discussed by Ministry of Planning and Finance Permanent Secretary U Tun Tun Naing and Dr. Zaw Moe Aung of the Leprosy Mission Myanmar. Discussions on the census works process was then continued, and will be conducted until 15 December.
The ceremony was attended by Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar Chairperson U Myo Nyunt, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein, Union Ministers, Pyithu Hluttaw Affairs Committee chairmen, Deputy Ministers, diplomats, representatives from UN and international organisations, representatives of donor countries, officials and invited guests.

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