The population of Cambodia has boomed over the last 11 years, rising by about two million, according to the General Population Census of Cambodia 2019.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday noted the jump during the preliminary publication of the General Population Census of Cambodia 2019, a report compiled by the Planning Ministry.
“As of March 3, the population was up by 14.1 percent,” he said. “We had 13,395,682 [people] in 2008.”
“The population grew by 1,892,807 persons,” Mr Kheng added, noting that currently there are 15,288,489 citizens in the Kingdom, 51.5 percent of whom are female.
However, Mr Kheng noted that the annual population growth rate decreased from 1.5 percent in 2008 to 1.2 percent in 2019. He said the report is important for the development of the Kingdom.
“This is the fourth population census. Cambodia conducted census surveys in 1962, 1998, and 2008,” Mr Kheng said. “This report is very important for the government, development partners and others who are in charge of building the national development plan.”
According to the report, the population of Phnom Penh stands at 2,129,371, followed by Kandal province with 1,195,547, Prey Veng with 1,057,428, Siem Reap with 1,006,512, Battambang with 987,400, Takeo with 899,485, Kampong Cham with 895,763 and Kep with 41,798.
Planning Minister Chhay Than yesterday lauded the Kingdom’s achievement in surveying its citizens.
“I am delighted to see the great success of the 2019 Population Census, which provides reliable data and timeliness to the government, development partners and the public, so policies can be effectively prepared,” Mr Than said, noting that the final version of the report will be published in 2020.
Hang Lina, director-general of the National Institute of Statistics, yesterday said the survey period for GPCC 2019 ran from March 3 to March 13. Ms Lina said the NIS surveyed population growth, distribution and density.
Yong Kim Eng, president of the People Centre for Development and Peace, yesterday said the government has to think ahead in order to ensure human resource management and development in the Kingdom.
He said that the data provided by the census report should be utilised to anticipate problems in the future, such as employment.
“The government should set a clear policy for the future of the people because our population continues to increase,” Mr Kim Eng said. “If the government thinks in advance, our people can avoid unemployment and other issues in society.