Following His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s endorsement of Census 2020, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior and head of the Supreme National Committee of Electronic Census 2020, addressed reporters at a press conference.
On the occasion, the minister also launched the E-Census 2020 e-portal.
He informed that the Electronic Census of Population, Housings and Establishments 2020 was conducted with minimum staff – only 74 employees were engaged in the exercise.
He added that there was a significant reduction in terms of both human resources and financial cost of Census 2020.
“The sultanate’s population has reached 4,471,148 in 2020, an increase of 61 per cent over the figure of 2,773,479 registered in 2010,” he said. The number of Omanis now stands at 2,731,456 while 1,739,692 are expatriates.
“There has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of Omani citizens during the last ten years compared to the population census of 2010 and a 113 per cent rise in the expatriate population in the same period,” said Sayyid Hamoud.
The number of Omani families increased by 55 per cent to 406,303 compared to 206,120 in 2010, while residential units now stand at 1,312,327, which is a 79 per cent increase compared to 731,968 in 2010. Muscat recorded the highest population of 1,302,440, a 79 per cent increase from 2010 when it was 775,878.
Sayyid Hamoud added that the census provides the groundwork for integration and interconnection of the databases of the government and private sectors. “This electronic system will enable data users to obtain detailed, high-precision and updated information in real time that will contribute to the future development of the country in line with Oman Vision 2040.”
Also addressing the press conference, Dr Khalifa al Barwani, CEO of the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), said the e-census is marked by great information accuracy. He also noted the significant drop in the number of expats in 2020.
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