The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) is making substantial progress in gearing up for the highly anticipated 2024 Population Census, with an impressive 86% completion rate in preparatory tasks, according to Chris Mukiza, the Executive Director of UBOS.
|Mapping cities (excluding mapped Mbale)||In Progress|
|Finalizing procurement for 120,000 tablets||In Progress|
Mukiza highlighted the significance of the upcoming census, originally scheduled for August 2023 but rescheduled to May 10, 2024. The remaining tasks include mapping cities and finalizing the procurement of 120,000 tablets, sourced directly from an international manufacturer.
The tablets, tailored to the census requirements, ensure cost efficiency. Mukiza emphasized their importance, revealing that they would play a crucial role in the digital transformation of Uganda’s first-ever digital census. The tablets will feature an interactive map displaying information on characteristics, roads, schools, and boundaries during enumeration.
To build anticipation, Mukiza announced the official launch of the census on November 30, to be presided over by the president. This groundbreaking census aims to provide accurate and updated demographic information, reflecting Uganda’s evolving landscape.
With an estimated population of 45.5 million and a growth rate of 30.4%, UBOS is committed to ensuring accurate demographic information. The 2024 census is a vital step in maintaining current demographic data, shaping Uganda’s future development narrative.
Mukiza also highlighted the collaboration among statistical bodies in Africa during the African Statistical Week. The initiative focuses on strengthening data quality, facilitating trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area, and promoting engagement with key stakeholders from the government and private sector.