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China donates hardware to support 2019 census

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Chinese and Cambodian officials inspect motorbikes donated by China. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Chinese government yesterday handed $2.5 million worth of cars, motorbikes and other equipment to the government to facilitate the 2019 census.

Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo presided over the handover at the Interior Ministry.

San Sithan, a secretary of state with the ministry, said that 52 cars, 300 motorbikes, 450 desktop computers, 30 printers, 30 projectors and 200 tablets were among the equipment donated.

Planning Minister Chhay Than said that the equipment donated by the Chinese is worth millions of dollars.

“All materials and equipment that were provided totals about $2.5 million,” Mr Than said, adding that the equipment will be used by 47,000 government officials in charge of the national census in September next year.

Minister Chhay Than inspects vehicles donated by China for the census. KT/Chor Sokunthea

He said that the government is expected to spend about $8 million to survey the country’s population.

In previous years, the national census was carried out by provincial and municipal census committees, and supported by the National Institute of Statistics.

“I believe local officials will do this smoothly,” Mr Than added. “I believe that the equipment provided will help officials collect data, transport documents and register data in computers.”

He said that the population has swelled to about 16 million from 13 million in 2008.

The National Institute of Statistics estimates that the population is 51.4 percent women and 48.6 percent male.

Li An, a Chinese embassy official, said that the equipment would help the Cambodian government.

“The equipment will help the Cambodian government to conduct its census well,” Mr Li said.

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