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Friday, June 15, 2012
Population Census in Cuba Starts in September 2012
Havana, Cuba, June 15.- Preparations for the 2012 National Population and Housing Census in Cuba, to take place September 15-24, are well underway in terms of the technological support and the personnel to carry out the process.
During the Cuban Television primetime show “The Round Table” on Thursday, national Census director Juan Carlos Alfonso explained to the population that the process is the major statistical research that takes place in any country of the world and it requires a careful preparation to achieve high-quality results.
The official said that the information to be collected includes the territorial distribution of the population, composition as to sex and age, educational level, the number of working people, the retired, the number of homes, access to utilities and important demographic indicators. He said the results of the census will help design or update programs, plans and policies to be undertaken by the Cuban state.
All the information will be directly provided by the people through a questionnaire, said the official, who called on the population to give accurate and sincere answers, since only the people’s cooperation to this effort will help attain reliable statistics needed to allocate and plan resources and means for different activities of Cuban society.
The ministry of education has provided 224 facilities to carry out the training of personnel for the census said first deputy Education minister Cira Piñera, who added that more than 59 000 students will take part in the collection of the information, while some 10 000 professors will supervise the process.
Up to date, 17 censuses have taken place in Cuba since 1774, with three of them during the revolutionary period. The latest census was carried out in 2002.
According to Cuba’s National Statistics Office (ONE), the island’s population reached 11 241 161 inhabitants in 2010, with 5 628 996 men and 5 612 165 women. Projections for the year 2015 point at a total population of 11 220 354, with 5 617 693 men and 5 602 661 women. The upcoming process is part of the 2010 Round of Censuses promoted by the United Nations, which includes all similar processes between 2005 and 2015. Other censuses will take place this year in Paraguay, Chile, Guatemala and Honduras.(ACN)