• UNICEF Country Representative today officially Handover two hundred and eighty tablets or CAPI to the General Directorate of Statistics via the Vice Ministry of Finance

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UNICEF Country Representative today officially Handover two hundred and eighty tablets or CAPI to the General Directorate of Statistics via the Vice Ministry of Finance

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Díli, 29 June 2022, UNICEF Country Representative in Timor-Leste, Mr. Bilal Durrani today officially handover 280 tablets or Computer Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI) to the General Directorate of Statistics through the Vice Minister of Finance, Mr. Antonio Freitas this morning. The intention of handing over those number of tablets to support data collection for the 2022 Population and Housing Census which is scheduled to take place on September 4th. The event is held at the GDS, REHA Conference Room, Cai-coli, Dili, Timor-Leste.

The Vice Minister of Finance, Mr. Freitas by saying that the support from UNICEF this time is not the first for the government, but UNICEF has shown commitment to the government for the last few decades, since the beginning of the restoration of independence. This assistance is a form of solid corporation between the government and all development partners, especially in this case UNICEF. I am pleased to shared witness, that when I was serving as a Director-General of Statistics, witnessed for real support has been given by UNICEF to Statistics Office, enhancing hard skills support (materials) and soft skills and helping to build this institution to grow and mature in presenting reliable data and information to the public.

There is various support been given by UNICEF to the statistics office, things that are still free to my mine is, the support for running country civil registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), support on running Early Childhood Development Surveys (ECD), the support for compilation Situation and Analysis of Children (SITAN), The contribution for thematically related areas Of Censuses, Sensu Fo Fila Fali, analysis on youth-related issues, and many other respective areas.

Global warming is a big problem facing the world today, climate change causes natural disasters everywhere. The fundamental cause of Global warming is the feeling of trees which are the primary material for paper production. All of us present in this room today can testify, to how much paper do we use every day, and how many tons of paper do we use in a year? We all contribute directly to global warming because we use paper that comes from trees.
One of the innovations that have been successfully created in the 21st-century era is the introduction of information Technology and Communication (ITC) systems in data collection, processing, analysis, reporting, and dissemination. This innovation has a giving benefit for efficiency, effectiveness, time utilization, cost savings, and management. Beyond the benefit is, in addition, to contribute directly to the reduction of tree cutting as a source of paper production.

My appreciation to the Director-General of Statistics led by DG Elias Ferreira and his senior management team for adopting and using CAPI since 2016 for the collection of the Demographic Health Survey, and I can confirm that it is the only government institution that has rapidly adopted CAPI as tools and an instrument for data collection, adopting technological innovation is not an easy and easy thing. Moving from the traditional method of data collection using papers to a contemporary method using CAPI is a real innovation. The right decision to opted the technology is making a real contribution to reducing global warming, and contributing significantly to saving the state budget used for paper purchases, and questionnaire printing.

I call on the Director-General of Statistics and all management staff to take full responsibility for the assistance provided by UNICEF and other donors, ensuring that all assistance received is fully utilized for the implementation of the Population and Housing Census, accountability of government to donors is essential for building trust and for further donors’ support.

The Population census is the process of calculating and recording the total demographic data consisting of calculations based on the number of people who are distinguished by sex, ratio, and population density covering the entire population in a country at a certain period (time references).

Some of the data generated from this population census include the number and distribution of the population, age, gender, migrants, education, marriage rates, household size and composition, labor force, and housing.

1. The benefit of the census for the government
2. The population census provides benefits planning, and so on.
3. The evidence base of planning for public transportation and its infrastructure is based on the traffic density in an area.
4. Evidence bases of planning for the public infrastructure of schools and health service centers, concerning population census data such as population size and population distribution in an area.
5. Evidence-based planning for public provision of social funds to vulnerable families, scholarships to poor families, and so on. Centre

On the same occasion Mr. Bilal Durrani by informing that we are impatiently awaiting the new census data because the data collective efforts to develop Timor-Leste are currently relying on the last census, that is Statistics that were gathered 7 years ago, much can change in 7 years-for instances, has the Population decreased, or increased? How many children are there? How many people still lack access to water, in urban and rural areas? Has the proportion of out-of-school children reduced?

The census will provide up-to-date benchmark information on the population’s demographic, social, and economic characteristics. This is critical to get a sense of progress towards the Strategic Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals and to identify remaining gaps. The results will be key for state planning and budgeting. For instance, the Government needs reliable data on how many children there are in the country to purchase the right quantity of vaccines, or to plan on where to install new preschools. The census will also tell us which groups are most left behind, and thus who should get increased attention, in particular when it comes to the state budget.

Beyond providing tablets to facilitate data collection, UNICEF will support GDS with other aspects of the Census, including training enumerators, monitoring data collection, and developing thematic reports as well as the Sensus Fo Fila-Fali for sub-national-level data. We look forward to working closely together to ensure the availability and use of quality data to inform the Government’s action toward realizing the rights of children.

The meeting was attending the UNICEF Country Representative, UNICEF staff, the Acting UNFPA Country Representative in TLS and Staffs, Vice Minister of Finance and Staffs, the General Directorate of Statistics and staff, and Secretariate staff for Census as well as media. **