Zambia prepares for its population census in 2020

The population census in 2020. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Zambia has begun to prepare for its first-ever electronic census of population and housing planned for 2020, with the launch of the country’s mapping exercise, National Development Planning Minister Alexander Chitemene said Friday.

The country’s Central Bureau of Statistics has launched a mapping exercise in two communes in Lusaka, the country’s capital, and in Chingwe, east of the capital, Chitemene said.

He explained that the purpose of the pilot exercise is to test the new methodology that will be used during the census.

The mapping exercise includes a geographic listing process where a map of all housing units, including vacant dwellings, all non-residential buildings, buildings under construction, schools, health centers, and other major facilities ‘an area will be drawn up,’ he added.

The last census dates back to 2010 in the country.

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