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31 Mar 2009
Vietnam gets UN help in monitoring population, housing census
The United Nations will help monitor Vietnam's population and housing census to be carried out from April 1 to 15, Vietnamese newspaper The Youth reported on Tuesday.

Thirty UN staff will join the monitoring activities during the census. It will be the first time the UN participate in Vietnam's census monitoring.

Supporting the 2009 census in Vietnam is a key priority for the UN as the census will provide the government with the detailed information for socio-economic planning for the next 10 years, said UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam John Hendra.

The census, conducted every 10 years, will collect data on population size, structure and distribution. It will also focus on the migrant population and gather information on their education level and economic activities.

It will also collect housing information including floor area, number of rooms, safe water use and telephone and computer usage of Vietnamese people.

The census is expected to cost $33 million, of which the Vietnamese government provides $30 million and the rest from UN. The result will be announced in the third quarter of 2010, said the newspaper.




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