President Mnangagwa launches 50-day countdown to 2022 census

President Mnangagwa launches 50-day countdown to 2022 census

A 50-day countdown to the 2022 population and housing census scheduled to take place between 21 and 30 April this year was this Tuesday launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare.

Speaking during an address at State House, the President said the census will emphasize housing characteristics and living conditions.

“This information enables the Government to craft intervention policies and programmes that reduce inequalities among disadvantaged population groups,” said the President.

“I am pleased to advise that for the first time in the history of censuses in Zimbabwe, the 2022 Census will emphasize housing characteristics and living conditions.

Focus will be on such aspects as access to electricity, types of dwelling units and sources of drinking water, among others.

“Through the upcoming Census, ZIMSTAT will provide relevant, accurate and reliable statistics on the size, composition and skills of our labour force.

My Government, therefore, stands ready to address any gaps that the Census data will reveal and to work towards reducing unemployment.

It is now widely accepted that migration impacts economic development,” explained the President.

The President said economic blueprints such as Transitional Stabilisation Plan and National Development Strategy 1 required baseline information from various censuses and surveys which the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency conducts from time to time.

He said assessing the degree of success of the implementation of such programmes and projects required statistics as performance indicators.

“Thus a census enables the Government to make evidence-based decisions as it provides information on size, distribution and age structure of the population.

On that basis, Government can plan for social services delivery,” said President Mnangagwa.

“The advent of the Second Republic saw the formulation of the Transitional Stabilisation Plan, followed by the National Development Strategy 1.

The crafting of these national development strategies requires baseline information from various censuses and surveys which ZIMSTAT conducts from time to time.

“Assessing the degree of success of the implementation of programmes and projects requires statistics as performance indicators.

Thus, a Census enables the Government to make evidence-based decisions as it provides information on the size, distribution and age structure of the population.

On that basis, Government can plan for the social services delivery.

“The coming of Independence saw the Government embarking on family planning measures with a view to having sustainable family sizes.

In this respect, I am glad to advise that total fertility rates went down from 5.9 children per woman in 1982 to 3.7 children per woman in 2012,” said the President.

The President also noted that the Government will be assisted in coming up with intersections that reduce school drop-out rates as more data will be collected to enable the monitoring of the country’s progress towards achieving SDG4.