National Census User Advisory Committee (UAC).

Following the activation of the National Census Steering Committee on Monday this week, today saw the establishment of the National Census User Advisory Committee (UAC). With some key Census sub-committee to be established this week and next week, this intervention is a key part of establishing the administrative structure of the 2020 National Population and Housing Census. The first UAC meeting was held in Port Moresby today and was attended by members from different key agencies. Agencies participated in today’s meeting include; The National Research Institute, Department for Community Development, Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, US Embassy and the PNG Council of Churches. The UAC will play a critical role in reviewing and deliberating methods of data collection such as questionnaire design to suit data demands from users and to deliberate on data utilization and dissemination plans that best responds to the needs of the users. In today’s meeting, the National Research Institute (NRI) was nominated by the UAC Members as Chair of the UAC and is represented by Dr. Esther Lavu, Deputy Director of NRI’s Corporate Services Division. Thanks to Dr. Esther Lavu. The 2020 Census undertaking is a whole of government approach, and is being coordinated by the National Statistical Office with the technical support from UNFPA. The aim of the 2020 Census is to count everyone in the country for better planning and decision making. This is precisely captured in the 2020 Census slogan; “Be Counted! No one left behind”.