Workers start trainingYemen’s second census is coming [Archives:2004/714/Business & Economy]

February 23 2004

Two hundred persons, including 23 supervisors and 188 heads of teams, got training on how to help implement the census scheduled in Yemen during the year 2004.
Participants in the training course, held at the Central Apparatus for Statistics in Sana'a, acquired skills on how to apply the paper punching process, administrative and census divisions, and tables and maps and basics for defining blocks.
This is the first stage of the second census of the Yemeni republic's population, intended to be carried out using modern means. The operation will start with punching information on the main cities and towns and big villages.
The deputy prime minister, the minister of planning and international cooperation Ahmed Soufan presented a list of the needs of the Central Apparatus for Statistics to development partners who promised to study and determine the contribution of each of them for supporting success of the census in Yemen. The census comes amidst indications showing the widening of the gap between the status of women in the workforce compared to that of men.
Studies show that Yemen's population increases at a rate of one million people every 18 months, whereas deaths among infants and children under the age of five years, and their mothers during birth, reaches the highest proportion of what is known in the world.
The expected age of the individual is 58 years. As for children malnutrition it has reached a rate of 46% for children less than five years.
Studies also indicate the decline in forms of population services in health, education and employment areas, in addition to negative impact resulting from environment, shortage of waters, expansion of desertification area and drop in the effect of development efforts exerted due to the big increase in the rates of population growth.
For these reasons, the studies recommend upgrading the level of Yemeni woman in economic and social fields, and making real changes in rates of economic growth.
Specialists confirm that the goals mentioned about population policy for the period 2001 to 2025 focus on the realization of quantitative targets, without taking into account the quantitative dimension, and did not include setting up mechanisms practical enough to accomplish positive growth levels.
Thus the next census should be more accurate and clearer in order to come out with a new population policy treating the existing situations and realizing sustainable development in the future.