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Belarus may hold population census in 2019

Population census will be held in Belarus in 2019. Alexander Lukashenko requested the plan of the campaign until the end of August. The President heard out reports from Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov and Chairwoman of the National Statistical Committee Inna Medvedeva.

The main emphasis was made on the need for savings.

Alexander Lukashenko believes that the country has enough resources to do everything efficiently and in time but still businesslike approached during the census would be highly desirable.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
The minister proposed to hold a population census. I knowingly returned your suggestions to the Government for consideration with a question or two. The main question is why we need this campaign now.  You start to justify it by the fact that we have labor migration and so on. Immediately do you cite the National Statistics Committee data. Well, why do we need to carry out a census in order to clarify data on the labor migration. Even if we are mistaken by 1,000 people. So what will it change?   Some countries like Norway or Sweden (great countries which are exemplary for us in some aspects) conduct the census using population registers and other administrative data. They live not worse than we live. And this method is enough for them to, as you write, predict structure, population size, distribution by territory, language structure and so on. If you have some arguments against, please I am ready to listen to them.

Andrei Kobyakov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
In general, population census is a procedure carried out in the world statistics on a regular basis. And it is considered that the optimal period of its recurrence is 10 years.

Inna Medvedeva, Chairwoman of the National Statistics Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
Census is a photograph of demographic and socio-economic situation of the Republic of Belarus. For example, without this information it is impossible to build and calculate the costs of the budget for social spending and pensions. On the basis of these data, decisions are made where we need more hospitals and schools. In principle, they cover all spheres of life of the population and society, provide an opportunity to take management decisions in a particular place where the census is done. Because it provides information about the smallest territorial units.

Belarus may hold population census in 2019