by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The 2021 Population and Housing Census was officially launched yesterday (March 17) by the Ministry of Sustainable Development.
The theme for the St. Kitts and Nevis Population and Housing Census 2021 is “It’s Me, You, Us … 2021 Census”, and citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis are encouraged to play their role in the success of the census activities.
The high rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the Federation last year delayed the 2021 census. Now with the rate of transmission negligible after the spread of the fourth wave has halted, the census will commence.
Why is the census important?
The census collects, compiles and disseminates demographic, social and economic data of people living in the Federation and informs policies, investment allocation, infrastructure development needs in the public sector and marketing strategies within the private sectors.
Regionally and Internationally, organisations on the outside can determine interest in investments, the viability of St. Kitts and Nevis as a market and more.
Enumerators from the Department of Statistics will begin field activities from April 02 throughout the Federation to carry out surveys for the Census using electronic devices to improve efficiency while in the field.
Carlton Phipps, Director of Statistics, said that electronic tablets would be employed for the first time during the statistics collection exercise.
The last census was conducted in 2011, with St. Kitts and Nevis having a population of 47,195.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Mrs. Elreter Simpson-Browne, said that the data is outdated and could negatively impact meaningful policies, planning and decision-making.
“For these reasons, the Population and Housing Census is a very important source of information as the statistics gathered [are] essential for the proper strategic planning in areas such as housing and education, as well as for the sustainable growth and development of our economy. This data is also critical to the Ministry of Sustainable Development as it helps to guide us as we pursue donor agencies, and it plays a vital part in our decision-making process in the allocation of lands, approval of the Poverty Alleviation Programme and the development of residential, commercial and industrial areas.”
An informational booth will be set up next to BCA on Central Street in Basseterre starting Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will operate on Fridays for the duration of the census.
A Population and Housing Census 2021 drive will be held at the Total Concept Parking Lot at Bladen’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 25.