The Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Finance and Economy, joins statistical agencies around the world to celebrate World Statistics Day (WSD) 2020.
This year's WSD celebration theme is "Connecting the World with Data We Can Trust" which reflects the importance of authoritative and reliable data for use in evidence-based decision making. The main objective of the WSD celebration is to promote to the public on the importance of a quality statistical system at the national and international levels. In addition, this celebration will increase the awareness and confidence of the public and users about the country's official statistics.
In conjunction with the celebration of World Statistics Day 2020, JPES launched the Population and Housing Census Portal (BPP) 2021. The launching ceremony was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, as the Guest of Honor. The event was held at the Theatre Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economy Building at Commonwealth Drive. Also in attendance were YM Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Economy), Permanent Secretaries, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, Heads of Departments and Divisions and senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economy.
BPP 2021 will introduce a new method through the e-Census system. This portal can be accessed through www.brucensus.gov.bn which allows the public to register and fill in their information online, anytime and anywhere within the census period. The portal will also contain important information about BPP 2021 such as the history and background of the census, previous census data as well as infographics, publicity programs, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and key dates of BPP 2021 implementation.
BPP 2021 is the sixth census of its kind conducted in Brunei Darussalam. The census will cover all persons, whether, Brunei Darussalam citizens, permanent residents or temporary residents residing in Brunei Darussalam in 2021. Data collected through BPP 2021 will provide comprehensive information on the population by various demographic, social and economic characteristics as well as information on the total stock of living quarters together with basic housing facilities or amenities.
The Population and Housing Census 2021 will be implemented in three (3) stages. The first stage is the houselisting by kampung/area in each district throughout the country from 20 January 2021 and 21 February 2021. The second stage is the e-Census implementation from 20 April 2021 until 21 June 2021. Meanwhile, the third stage is face-to-face interview starting from 20 July 2021 until 2 August 2021.
During his Keynote speech, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II highlighted the importance of accurate, fast and reliable data in any planning needs either by the Government, the private sector or individuals in the general public. Effective planning must have a foundation based on data or facts. In particular, in the context of the threat of the COVID-19 epidemic, information and data should be communicated and analyzed as quickly as possible to prevent greater problems from emerging.
The Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II also anticipates that with the e-Census portal, it is intended that such a wide-scale statistical project implemented once every ten years will provide a new benchmark on the population and housing profile. This will assist the Government in planning and providing public services and facilities such as education, healthcare, housing, land use, and transportation. Therefore, the cooperation of members of the public in providing the most accurate data is needed in the implementation of the Population and Housing Census 2021 particularly through the e-Census method.
Dayang Hajah Mariah binti Haji Yahya, the Director General at the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, in her welcoming speech explained that every 20 October is declared as World Statistics Day by the United Nations (UN) and is celebrated every five years. The theme of World Statistics Day 2020 focuses on the importance of obtaining authentic information from authoritative and credible sources, especially in these challenging times. The role of the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Finance and Economy as the national statistical agency, in collaboration with other Government agencies will continue to work to improve the quality of data released, and ensure timely and data openness, as well as reduce data gaps in key socio-economic indicators of the country.
The ceremony continued with the launching of the video on the Population and Housing Census 2021 and mini statistical exhibitions which were also participated by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. General public are welcome to visit the exhibition until 22nd October 2020 at the main lobby area of MOFE building starting from 8:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm.
For any enquiries regarding BPP 2021, please refer to JPES by contacting 2230250 during office hours or email to email@example.com. More information on BPP 2021 can also be found on the BPP 2021 portal www.brucensus.gov.bn.