CSO starts preps for 2020 census

By Staff Reporter


The Central Statistical Office (CSO) is currently preparing to conduct the next round of the Census of Population and Housing, in August 2020.

The previous Census of Population and Housing was conducted in October 2010.

Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme said the purpose of the Census is to provide a full, reliable picture of Zambia’s population and housing which includes various characteristics, i.e. demographic, social and economic data about each locality in the country.

Chiteme said the Census of Population and housing is unique in that, it can be used to investigate small and special population groups, and provide information about small geographic units.

“The Ministry of National Development Planning, through the Central Statistical Office (CSO), has commenced a pilot mapping exercise throughout Lusaka and Chongwe districts, for a month. A pilot mapping exercise is a ‘dress rehearsal’ which serves to confirm the suitability of a new methodology, the introduction of innovative procedures such as Tablet-Aided geo-tagging of buildings and national infrastructure, and office delineation of Enumeration Area boundaries using satellite imagery,” he said.

He added that after the pilot mapping, a thorough review of the entire mapping process will be conducted, and a full scale national mapping exercise will be rolled out to cover the whole country.

Chiteme said the mapping exercise seeks to update the 2010 Census enumeration areas.