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The general population, housing, agriculture and livestock census process faces a number of challenges


May 12, 2023

BUJUMBURA May 8th (ABP) – The National Orientation Committee for the General Census of Population, Housing, Agriculture and Livestock (CNOR), chaired by Prime Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca, held a meeting to assess the progress of activities related to the general census of population, housing, agriculture and livestock (RGPPHAE) .

In his introductory speech, the Prime Minister recalled that this committee has set itself the month of August 2023 to begin the enumeration work, that is to say when the enumerators will have to visit households to collect information related to the census. As that date approaches, the CNOR must be reassured that everything necessary for the work to begin is available. According to the Prime Minister, all the challenges that may be obstacles must find solutions so that the census can take place during the year 2023. Indeed, according to him, this census is the basis for the elections of 2025. In 2024, the electoral process will have already begun, he added.

At the end of the meeting, the secretary of the CNOR, at the same time the president of the Central Bureau of Census (BCR), Mr. Nicolas Ndayishimiye, made it known that the CNOR noted that the technical committee and the BCR are faced with technological challenges, including the acquisition of equipment and the mobilization of national and international expertise to be able to conduct a good quality census within a reasonable timeframe.

To be able to find appropriate solutions to those challenges, the CNOR has set up a team made up of a few ministers and a few executives from the presidency and the prime minister’s office to work with the technical committee, in order to analyze in depth the challenges facing face the BCR, in order to propose solutions to the Prime Minister. That commission was given a one-week period from May 4 to be able to give its report.

Mr. Ndayishimiye did not forget to specify that among the questions that the CNOR must analyze, figure the chronology of the activities of the census or specify the date of beginning of the enumeration. Other activities in relation to this census have already started, he added.