Donors’ Conference on the Population Census 2014
The opening speeches will be given by Mr. David Narmania, the Georgian Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, the Chairman of the Government Commission for Coordination of Population Census, Mr. Zaza Chelidze, Executive Director of the National Statistics Office of Georgia and Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA/Georgia Country Office Assistant Representative.
On April 2, 2013, the Government Commission for Coordination of Population Census, on its first session, approved the 2014 Georgian Population Census Programme and announced the date - November 5-19, 2014.
As a UN member state, Georgia is involved in the 2010 round of censuses of the world population and the decision to undertake the 2010 round census was based on the United Nations’ recommendation to its member states to conduct the Population Census between 2005-2014.
Based on its mandate, the United Nations Population Fund supports implementation of population and housing censuses in many countries across s the globe. In Georgia UNFPA supported Population Census in 2002 and continues to provide financial and technical support for 2014 Census. The upcoming donors’ conference, a joint event organized by the National Statistics Office in Georgia and UNFPA, is a significant step forward to mobilize and coordinate the donors’ assistance for 2014 Population Census.
Preparatory work to be conducted by GEOSTAT in 2013 comprises preliminary listing of the dwellings and their residents for determining the number of households and population in each building; around 4 thousand people will be engaged in the first stage of fieldwork.
Upon completion of the preparatory work, the second, most important stage of the fieldwork – the enumeration of population will be conducted on November 5-19, 2014. With this purpose, approximately 15 thousand persons will be selected and trained to interview the population using specially designed questionnaires.
For maximizing the efficiency of available financial and human resources, the Government Commission decided to conduct agricultural census simultaneously with the population census. Thus, along with the socio-demographic data, information about households’ agricultural activities will also be generated.
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