The United Nations Population Division hailed the efforts exerted by the sultanate when conducting Electronic Census 2020 of Population, Residences and Establishments (eCensus 2020) and the publication of its results in record time amid exceptional conditions that prevailed in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On December 14, 2020, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik endorsed the results of eCensus 2020, which showed that Oman’s population stood at 4,471,148 as of December 12, 2020, the same day on which the electronic portal of the eCensus was launched and made available to the public.
Dr Khalifa Abdullah al Barwani, CEO of National Centre for Statistics and Information, and chairman of the Census Technical Committee, said that despite e-census involving the least human resources – compared to earlier census – and the challenges posed by COVID-19, which compelled many countries to postpone their census, the sultanate managed to carry out eCensus 2020 as scheduled. “Its results were approved and published within less than 48 hours from reference date set at December 12, 2020.”
Dr Barwani told Oman News Agency that the sultanate has set an example at the regional and international levels in the shift from traditional censuses to e-census.
He added that eCensus 2020 collected information directly and simultaneously by accessing national administrative records, utilising a methodology known as ‘Register-based Census’.
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