Regional workshops are organized by the UN so countries can share
experiences and gain knowledge to help plan and prepare for the
population and housing census. Countries from the entire ESCWA
region are invited to attend this workshop as well as international
experts. In addition, some major global companies that specialize in
hardware and software that can be used in census processing will be
His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, Acting
President of Qatar Statistics Authority, as well as UNSD, and ECSWA
will deliver opening remarks.
The workshop will focus on the use of technology to improve the
quality and efficiency of data collection, data entry and data
editing activities. Several international companies will present
"state of the art" products that can be useful in these areas.
Workshop participants will also receive the latest version of the
United Nations publication "The principles and recommendations for
population and housing censuses – Revision 2."
The workshop will be held over five days. It is expected that the
workshop will continue the ongoing coordination and cooperation
among the GCC countries for the 2010 round of population and housing
censuses. Joint side meetings of the GCC countries will focus on
sharing knowledge and coordinating the implementation of new
All countries are preparing for the census in response to
resolutions of the UN that call for nations of the world to conduct
a census at least every 10 years and as close to 2010 as possible so
the data can be comparable with that of other nations. In
conjunction with this the GCC has called on its member countries to
conduct a census as well.