Nov 16 2014
The 2010 population and housing census has finally been completed and will be made public during the next sitting of the House of Assembly on Monday, November 17.
According to the Order Paper for the upcoming sitting, the report will be laid on the table of the House by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. D. Orlando Smith, who will also be delivering his budget address.
A population and housing census is the primary source of information about the number and characteristics of a given population.
The previous one in the British Virgin Islands was conducted back in 2001, and the process is usually carried out every 10 years.
Due to the protracted delay in the 2010 census being completed, however, concerns already have been expressed about its accuracy.
A number of persons – including parliamentarians – also have been raising concerns about the absence of up-to-date information that are crucial when making certain decisions about national issues such as development.
It is not clear what has delayed the census for so many years, and that issue has not been publicly addressed by the government or its Development and Planning Unit.
After basically ignoring media queries about the delay, the Development and Planning Unit, in early 2013, told the Government Information Service that the census data was at the time being ‘entered into the system to be analyzed’.