UNFPA, UK govt hand over IT equipment to Nepal for census 2021

UNFA Representative to Nepal, Lubna Baqi (r), hands over equipment to CBS Director-General Nebin Lal Shrestha for the 2021 population census, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Photo: UNFPA Nepal

Kathmandu, November 11

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over IT equipment to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) as it ramps up preparations for the 12th national population and housing census due to take place in June 2021.

The IT equipment worth USD 609,873 (approximately Rs 72 million) has been procured by the UNFPA with UKaid funding. It comprises of 2,250 tablets with power banks and accessories, 35 laptops, 47 desktop computers, five mobile work-stations, one server, three high-resolution printers and relevant software licences, the UN agency informs in a statement today.

It will enable the CBS to produce census data meeting the highest technological standards, hopes the UNFPA.

Receiving the equipement, theCBS Director-General Nebin Lal Shrestha says, “We commit to undertaking the census to address the data gaps at the lowest administrative level while ensuring that the health and safety precautions of our personnel and the respondents is in compliance with government guidance.”

Likewise, the UNFPA Country Representative to Nepal, Lubna Baqi, said, “The census is the cornerstone of the statistical infrastructure – it provides a numerical profile of the country, hence, is of great value to the public and government alike. The UNFPA is proud to offer technical and financial support to the government to ensure that the census is of high-quality, upholds international standards, and produces data that are widely disseminated and utilised for development gains.”

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