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Tanzania seeks $81m to conduct population census

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By APOLINARI TAÏRO

The Tanzanian government is seeking more than $81 million from donors to conduct a national population and housing census scheduled for August this year. According to President Samia Suluhu, the census will cover all people living in Tanzania, travelers and hotel guests.

“The government cannot plan and then fix its development without having the correct statistics of its population,” she said earlier when launching the project last week.

The 2022 census will be the sixth since Tanzania gained independence 60 years ago.

Finance and Planning Minister Mwigulu Nchemba is seeking Tsh190 billion ($81.8 million) from international donors and aid agencies as part of the Tsh627 billion ($272.7 million ) necessary to finance the whole process covering a period of five years until 2026.

A Ministry of Finance and Planning statement released on Monday said Nchamba had consulted with representatives of development agencies about the funding.

The statement said the Tanzanian government will pay 70% of the census budget, with donors covering 30% of the total funding.

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The World Bank has committed Tsh44.2 billion ($19 million) for the census while UN Women has pledged 200 laptops, the statement said.

The 2012 population census showed there were 43.6 million in mainland Tanzania and 1.3 million in Zanzibar.

But the latest data compiled by the United Nations had estimated the current population at nearly 60 million people.

The director general of the National Bureau of Statistics, Albina Chuwa, said she had already completed a pilot project study for the identification of areas to obtain population data before the 2022 census.