The last quarter of 2024 is a proposed date for the population census
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Baghdad: Rula Wathiq
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning, Muhammad Ali Tamim, stated that the ministry is proceeding with conducting the general census of population and housing in Iraq, before the end of next year, after the approval of the Council of Ministers, and the provision of financial allocations within the budget law.
This came during the expanded meeting held by the minister with a number of ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations operating in Iraq, with the aim of discussing international support for the ministry's efforts in conducting the census.
Tamim 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.
He 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, Director of the United Nations Population Fund Office in Iraq, Nestor Omohangi, expressed the Fund's readiness to provide support to the Ministry of Planning and the Central Statistical Organization to complete the general population census.
As for the advisor to the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Mahdi Al-Alaq, he referred to the national code submitted to the Council of Ministers and approved by the Council and issued in 2020 and confirmed that the census should not be involved in dealing with political or administrative problems.
Al-Alaq said, in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "The Ministry of Planning released its data on the occasion of World Population Day, in which it indicated a decrease in the population growth rate in Iraq to reach 2.53%, as it was more than 3% a decade ago from now," pointing out that "it is still one of the high rates at the global level."
He added that "the high and low rates of global population growth are linked to fertility rates for women and other factors," noting that "updating the data and standing on the results in this aspect is linked to the general population census scheduled for the next year 2024, whose exact date will be announced by the Higher Committee for the Census headed by the Minister of Planning soon, so that the statistical staff is discharged to make it a success in a manner that befits Iraq's historical reputation in implementing population censuses."
In addition, Al-Alaq indicated that "there is a gradual shift in the demographic characteristics of Iraq towards the stage of the demographic gift," stressing that "Iraq is beginning to approach its framework, as the population of Iraq at the age of 15-64 years has reached 59%, and there is little left to reach 60% and we are on the cusp of the demographic gift," explaining that it "will provide an opportunity for Iraqis to increase productivity and investment rates and lower economic dependency rates, but it will be a curse if it fails." We are committed to preparing the necessary plans to employ youth and provide job opportunities in a sustainable labor market.
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