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Population and Housing Census started on March 25 in Kyrgyzstan

05 April 2022

Population and Housing Census started on March 25 in Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On March 24, the press conference was held at the Hyatt Hotel on the upcoming Population and Housing Census of the Kyrgyz Republic  where the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Statistical Committee announced the official launch of the population and housing census, which took place from March 25 to April 3, 2022.

Arzybek Kozhoshev, First Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chairman of the Republican Commission on Preparation for the Population and Housing Census, addressed the participants of the event with a welcoming speech. "Population Census is not just statistics; it is a very important historical event of the state level. The results of the census will contribute to the development of effective state programs aimed at improving the living standards of the population," Arzybek Kojoshev stressed.

In his turn, Zainidin Jumaliev, Deputy Chairman of the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, noted that currently, the National Statistical Committee is ready to conduct this important event for the country. "The uniqueness of the upcoming census is that it will be held electronically for the first time. This will ensure not only the efficiency and effectiveness of the procedure of data collection from respondents but also the convenience of census takers in obtaining information," Zainidin Jumaliev noted.

About 28,000 people from all regions of Kyrgyzstan will be involved in the census campaign, where 25,000 of them will be enumerators. Enumerators are citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic from 18 years old and older, physically active, who know the state and official languages, as well as the mobile application. Census forms include five questionnaires, which contain more than 40 basic questions.

Azamat Bayalinov, Head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in the Kyrgyz Republic, addressed the audience, emphasizing the importance of the census for obtaining detailed information on the demographic and social characteristics of the population.

The National Statistical Committee together with the Health Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic developed an algorithm of actions in order to avoid the spread of coronavirus infection during the census. Personal protective equipment was purchased with the financial support of development partners, and the National Statistical Committee and its structural subdivisions are now fully prepared for the upcoming census.

The 2022 Population and Housing Census is conducted with the technical support of the UNFPA in the Kyrgyz Republic and funded by the Russian Federation.

Kanat Kubatbekov

Kanat Kubatbekov

Programme Associate Communications

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