ZIMBABWE National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) director general , Taguma Mahonde has revealed that Finance Minister ,Mthuli Ncube will soon convene a donors meeting to afford them the opportunity to contribute towards the required $ 1.4 billion needed for the 2022 population and housing census .
Mahonde made the remarks on the sidelines of a function held Friday in preparation of the exercise due in 24 months.
“Currently we are not aware of the quantum received from the donor community but we are certain that treasury is the sole funder of the ongoing preparations. The United Nations Population Fund has also assisted us with vehicles.
“However, the Finance Ministry will soon be inviting development partners through a conference for them to find areas which they can partner with,” he said.
The statistics organ has since begun carrying out the cartographic census mapping exercise – a mapping exercise involves the subdivision of the country into small geographical units called Enumeration Areas which can be defined as a well identified territorial unit containing the prescribed population size of 80 – 120 households.
The population of Zimbabwe on August 18, 2012 was 12 973 808 and estimates show that the population is now around 17 million people.
On the objectives of carrying out the census mapping exercise, Mahonde said this was meant to ensure that all areas were covered to reduce the possibility of under or over-enumeration due to overlaps.