(Nightlead) Myanmar calls on stake holders to cooperate in census

By Feng Yingqiu

YANGON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Myanmar has called for all stake holders to cooperate in taking first nationwide census in three decades in 2014 for working out national development plan.

Minister of Immigration and Population U Khin Yi spoke out to the media that the 12-day census taking, using a work force of 120, 000, will be carried out from March 30 to April 10, 2014 in accordance with international standard.

International technical assistance especially from the United Nations Population Fund will involve in the move.

The census taking will be based on 60-million population with 11 million households in 14 regions or states covering 70 districts, 330 townships, 3,051 wards, 64,346 villages and 13,620 village-tracts inhabited by 135 nationalities with five major religious faiths.

However, areas which lack security account for less than 1 percent.

Of the expected cost of 58.5 million U.S. dollars for the census taking process, Myanmar government committed 15 million dollars, while the United Nations pledged 5 million dollars for materials and courses, still lacking 38.5 million dollars, it was disclosed.

Donation of 2.8 million dollars by AusAID and 16 million dollars by the British government for the census-taking have been received and that from Norway and Switzerland are being expected.