Bhutan defers National economic census to 2019

Bhutan defers National economic census to 2019

SAM Staff,

The first national economic census in Bhutan scheduled to be conducted in June this year is deferred by a year.

National Statistics Bureau (NSB) proposed the deferment to the government’s performance management division and the prime minister at its midyear review of its annual performance agreement.

It was approved as proposed.

NSB’s chief statistical officer of economic and environmental statistics division, Ugyen Norbu, said the field operations of the census such as establishment listing and the field data collection had be postponed to the next financial year.

Given the ongoing post Population and Housing Census (PHCB) activities like data editing, entry, cleaning, report writing and analysis, and the Bhutan Living Standard Survey Report, and related reports, it is expected that the bureau won’t be able to implement the economic census field activities effectively and efficiently.

The other reason was the notification the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) issued on the third parliamentary elections 2018.

However, Ugyen Norbu said that the necessary pre-census activities such as developing the census questionnaires and manuals are in progress as per the work plan.

“The stakeholder consultations on census questionnaires will also be carried out as planned,” he said.

NSB was to conduct and disseminate the report of the quarterly Household Expenditure Survey (HES) within 90 days after the end of the quarter.

The data collection and submission for the first quarterly Household Expenditure Survey (QHES) 2017-18 by the dzongkhag statistical officers is complete and the data verification was carried out at the NSB.

While the report on QHES has been published on time, it was disseminated only for internal use.