[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Population Census of 2012 will not be released until 2016 as the Bureau of Statistics has been hit with further delays as it relates to processing the data and ensuring its accuracy.
In a press release on Thursday, the Bureau of Statistics stated that “self-imposed time frame for completion of the detailed Census analysis could not be met.”
At the launch of the Preliminary Report June 2014, the Bureau had indicated an expectation of another year for full completion – June 2015.
“However, due to a number of logistical challenges this did not materialise. The Bureau’s policy intention was to complete the Census Analysis within a period of three (3) years from Census day, thus significantly improving on the five (5) year time span taken for the results of the 2002 Census to become available.”
Chief Statistician, Lennox Benjamin, is quoted as saying “the Bureau is well aware of the national interest that is engendered in the results of a Population and Housing Census, however, in the face of considerable challenges the Bureau opted for accuracy and credibility over the pressures of time.”
It was noted that the Bureau is “still within the three (3) year self-imposed time frame since Census day 2012, and are in the process of finalizing our data dissemination plan to respond to the most frequently demanded set of data such as the ethnic composition of the nation, still prevailing most, followed by interest in the age-structure, the quantum and components of the foreign-born population, the gender distribution of the population and the economic activity and Labour Force profile of the population.”