[ltr]2023.07.24 - 16:37[/ltr]
Baghdad - Nas
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning Muhammad Ali Tamim confirmed, on Monday, that the population census will be conducted after addressing the security and political challenges.
The media office of the Ministry of Planning stated, in a statement, of which "NAS" received a copy (July 24, 2023), that "Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Planning, Muhammad Ali Tamim, held an extensive meeting with a number of ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations working in Iraq, with the aim of discussing international support for the ministry's efforts in conducting the census."
Tamim said, "The ministry is continuing to conduct the general census of population and housing in Iraq, before the end of next year, after the approval of the Council of Ministers on that, and the provision of financial allocations within the budget law."
And he appreciated, "the role of international partners in supporting the process and the political system after 2003, especially in combating terrorism and supporting and rebuilding Iraq in projects and services," stressing that "Iraq has been looking forward for years to conducting a population census for the purpose of setting development programs, reducing spatial gaps and providing services, and the Iraqi government has taken the decision to proceed with the population census project, which requires the need for international assistance and support and benefit from experiences in coordination with the United Nations Population Program, as they are real partners in supporting, directing and giving advice in this regard. Project.
The minister pointed out that "the political challenges that were hindering the implementation of the census have been addressed, and therefore the last quarter of next year will be suitable for the implementation of this project after completing all the requirements and infrastructure necessary to conduct it."
For his part, the Director of the Office of the United Nations Population Fund in Iraq, Nestor Omohangi, praised the "Iraqi government's decision to proceed with the implementation of the general population census," expressing "the fund's readiness to provide support to the Ministry of Planning and the Central Statistical Organization to accomplish it, as it is a very large project."
In turn, the head of the census operations room, head of the Central Statistical Organization, Diyaa Awad Kazem, explained that "the agency, in coordination and cooperation with the Kurdistan Region Statistics Authority, and the United Nations Population Fund, is working to complete the series of previous census operations that began scientifically and systematically since 1977 and continued in this way every ten years until it stopped implementation after 1997."
Kazem stressed, "The general population census is one of the important national projects that the Iraqi government seeks to complete as soon as possible."
For his part, the advisor to the United Nations Population Fund, Mahdi Al-Alaq, stated that "after a series of deliberations organized by the Fund in the regional office and the Iraq office, he submitted a national code to the Iraqi Council of Ministers that included twenty articles and was approved by the Council and issued in 2020, which confirmed that the census is not involved in dealing with political or administrative problems, and also that Article (140) of the Constitution is not linked to the population census. And keeping the census away from political influences, in addition to supporting the directions of the United Nations Population Fund in providing technical assistance, as well as urging other international organizations and donor countries and organizations to provide support to Iraq to ensure the success of the general population census process.
In the same context, the head of statistics in the Kurdistan Region, Sirwan Muhammed Mohieddin, pointed to "the great level of cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Planning and the Central Statistical Organization in all steps and activities related to conducting the census, and that there is a common understanding of the importance of the census, to ensure fair distribution of wealth among the provinces."
The meeting was attended by the Ministry's Administrative Undersecretary, Azhar Hussein Saleh, the Executive Director General and the heads of the work sectors of the General Population Census.
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