For creating a balance between urban and rural population,Yemen conducts family budget survey for 2004 [Archives:2003/644/Business & Economy]

June 23 2003

The Statistics Central Apparatus of Yemen has prepared documents for surveying Yemeni family budget or the year 2004, the third of its kind since 1990, aimed at gaining information on cases of balance between the family income and its spending. And also to have information on increase of expenditure over savings. Finally, to explore the possibility of families' saving under their current living conditions. The ministry of planning and international cooperation's central apparatus for statistics hopes with this survey for providing economic, social and demographic data on the Yemeni family meting requirements of those using them in drawing up the economic and social policies through measuring changes of incomes and spending of the family. The study covers Yemeni governorates as a whole and each district as a separate case.
One of the main objectives of the apparatus is to determine indicators of poverty phenomenon from the perspective of income and spending and circumstances relating to population in educational, social, residential fields and environment. The apparatus also works for providing necessary data on services of the local society.
The World Bank has given a recommendation to Yemen that the coming family survey includes data on the assistance the family gets from governmental and non-governmental sides or organizations and also scholarships. The survey should, upon request of he World Bank, name the more important 30-40 consumer food commodity and the major 20 non-victuals consumer goods. It has also recommended the necessity of determining the essential assets owned by the family, such as land and commodities used in agriculture, and the level of knowledge about health institutions and malnutrition.
The survey form includes many questions. More important of these questions are the numerical and proportional distribution of individuals, the marital status and economic activity, category of job, the age groups and their relationship with the work force and family size. He survey gives a special significance to determining the volume of child labor in Yemen society and reasons urging some families to employ their children. In addition, the survey is interested in getting acquainted with the level the spread of handicap cases, their kind, cause, degree and the extent of the handicapped mingling with the society.
Owing to the relation between the family survey for 2004 and poverty, the central statistics apparatus document included that in a special form on resources yielding income to the family. The objective is to know if the family is in possession of agricultural resources, agricultural crops and livestock breeding, in addition to fixing the family possessions, such as services, trade and agriculture installations and means of transport and buildings.
Documents of the survey consider expending on commodities and services would enable specialized to know the way the family spending of its income especially on 13 groups of foodstuffs and services including 132 commodities, such as cereals, beans, fruit, meats, dairies, oils, sugar and spices.
The survey also involves statistics on prices of goods and internal exchanges for facilitating the state's monitoring on price averages an measuring the changes occurring on living costs, to be taken as a basis for modifying wages and salaries and measuring the volume of monetary inflation and the national currency's purchasing power.
Unlike the Yemeni family survey for the years 1992-'98, the Planning and International Cooperation Ministry expects that the survey of the family budget for the year 2004 would offer it a good service for the benefit of local governance authorities that need a centennial database for drawing up local development plans policies and their implementation.
Previous surveys indicators reported that there is a surplus in volume of labor rating 6-8 individuals per person and that a big proportion of pupils leak from education under motive of the need. They join labor market while they are at an age under thirteen. By implementing the new survey for the year 2004 the government hoped to obtain aid from donor countries and orgnizations to help it tackle poverty phenomenon in the Yemeni society. It also hopes to provide job opportunities for the unemployed and bridging the gap between population of the cities and rural villages.