The Population Census of Papua New Guinea (PNG) needs to be conducted next year as planned, says PNG National Research Institute Director Dr Osborne Sanida.

Dr Sanida, in a media conference at PNG NRI, said a population census is needed for policy and planning purposes. He said at this stage, we could only go by estimates for the PNG population for which there are different sources and methods. 

“Population data is needed to calculate per capita GDP; unemployment rate, employment figures; death rate; population density; incomes; and so forth.

He said it was also necessary to plan for the provision of public goods and services. Furthermore, the implementation of the Medium-Term Development Plan, which is being finalised, needs to be informed by population data. Dr Sanida emphasised the importance of making the Ward Record Book system work in order to have updated information.


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