Myanmar to spend $71m for 2014 census

Myanmar to spend $71m for 2014 census

MYANMAR - Myanmar will spend more than US$58 million (S$71 million) for a nationwide census in 2014, said the union minister for immigration and population in a press conference yesterday.

"We have estimated that it will cost about US$1 for each person. The government will contribute US$15 million and the UN has provided US$5 million," said Minister Khin Ye.

The census will be divided into two categories: individual households and organisations such as military, hospitals and prisons.

Myanmar had a census in 1973 and 1983 but was unable to hold it for 30 years.

The census is scheduled to be done from March 30 to April 10 in 2014.

According to the ministry's data, Myanmar has a population of 60 million with 11 million households in 70 districts. Myanmar is made up of 135 ethnic groups.

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