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UBOS reports 86% census readiness

UBOS reports 86% census readiness

Chris Mukiza, the Executive Director of UBOS, (Courtesy photo)

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) proudly announces an impressive 86% completion rate in preparatory tasks, setting the stage for the country’s first-ever 2024 digital census.

Chris Mukiza, the Executive Director of UBOS, revealed the bureau’s substantial progress during a media training session coinciding with the launch of African Statistics Week.

Key accomplishments include the mapping of cities, excluding the already mapped Mbale, and the final stages of procuring over 120,000 tablets from an international manufacturer. These tablets, known for their cost efficiency and customization, are set to play a pivotal role in the comprehensive data collection process.

It is important to note that the 2024 Population Census marks a historic shift as Uganda embraces its first digital census.

Mukiza emphasized the significance of assigning a geocode to each household, departing from the traditional boundary-coding method.

The use of tablets will provide an interactive map during enumeration, displaying information on characteristics, roads, schools, and boundaries. This innovation is poised to revolutionize the data collection process, ensuring accuracy and efficiency.

Countdown to Launch

To build anticipation for this groundbreaking census, Mukiza announced the official launch scheduled for November 30, with the President presiding over the event.

With an estimated population of 45.5 million and a growth rate of 30.4 percent, UBOS is committed to shaping the narrative for Uganda’s future development through robust and digitally-driven demographic data collection.

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