The E-Census 2020 Technical Committee Discuss Project Updates

29 Oct 2019

The Technical Committee of Electronic Census of PopulationHousings and Establishments 2020 held its third meeting for 2019 in Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr.....

The Technical Committee of Electronic Census of PopulationHousings and Establishments 2020 held its third meeting for 2019 in Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr Khalifa bin Abdullah al BarwaniChief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Statistics and Informationand Head of the Committee.
Complementing the meetinga workshop was organised to examine the project’s current status and explore solutions for main challenges related to data matching and updating. The technical committeemembers and database working teams participated in the workshop.

Al Barwani commenced the workshop by welcoming the participants and appreciatingthe efforts made toward enhancing the database of the concerned authorities and completing them. He also complimented the efforts made in the first phase of the nationwide campaign for updating data “Your Data Your Identity”. Furthermorehe emphasisedon the importance of community participation in building the future.

“Through E-Census 2020we seek to set high standards and ensure the project is regarded as a radical model in this field. This can only be achieved by cooperation and teamwork of all in order to overcome the challenges that we may encounter duringthe project,” said H.E. Dr. Khalifa bin Abdullah Al Barwani.

The workshop consisted of two sessions. The first discussedthe current status of the projectthe progress made in matching and correcting the data“Your Data Your Identity” campaign’s activities andforms of interaction of the campaign’s participants.

“The first phase of the campaign primarily focused on raising awareness ofthe projectits importanceobjectives and the kind of data that needs to be updated by individuals and institutions,” commented Eng. Omar Al IsmailiDirector General of E-Census.

The second session of the workshop discussed challengesproposed solutionstasks to be executed during the upcoming period as well asthe importance of encouraging people and residents to update their data.

“The geographical distribution of people is considered an essential statistical indicator that can be utilised to establish key projects such as roadshospitalsschools and other infrastructures,” commented Zayed Al HarrasiPopulation Database Manager.

“People and residents are required to update their current residence address at theRoyal Police of Oman (ROP). The electricity bill should be taken with them when visiting the ROP. Additionallythe guardians of school students are required to include their electricity account number in the Educational Portal of Oman,” he added further.