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Accurate economic census for development planning stressed

RANGPUR, Jan 2, 2017 (BSS) - Discussants at a publication seminar here today laid emphasis on preparing accurate economic census of non-agriculture sector enterprises, trade and business statistics for proper planning of the national development.

The district administration and district office of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) jointly organised the seminar to publish the "Economic Census-2013, District Report: Rangpur" at conference room of the Deputy Commissioner in the city.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Minu Shill attended the seminar and unveiled cover of the district report as the chief guest with Joint Director of Divisional Statistics Office of BBS Nasir Uddin Ahmed in the chair.

Deputy Commissioner Rahat Anwar, Deputy Director (Local Government) for Rangpur Sultana Pervin and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) AKM Maruf Hassan attended attended as special guests.

Sadar Upazila Statistics Officer Shah Al Maruf moderated the seminar participated by the district and upazila level government officials, heads of different departments and organisations and local journalists.

Acting Deputy Director of Lalmonirhat District Statistics Office Emran Hossain Prodhan delivered presentation narrating overall activities of BBS and different sector-wise key findings of the economic census conducted in the district of Rangpur.

"The main objectives of the economic census 2013 were to investigate nature of structural changes occurred in the economy over the last decade and provide comprehensive statistical information for economic and social development planning and policy making," he said.

He said the economic census was conducted on permanent and temporary establishments, household-based economic activities, trade and business to find out statistics on non-agriculture sector economic activities, number of persons engaged and dependant population.

Sultana Pervin said there is no alternative to accurate statistics on population, households, education and employment, women development, agricultural and economic activities for proper development planning in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Deputy Commissioner Rahat Anwar discussed about importance of preparing and disseminating accurate statistics on economic census as well as other censuses to assist the government for ensuring proper development planning in every sector.

The chief guest called for conducting time-befitting censuses on various sectors as a continuous process with more accuracy for proper development planning in the process of building a middle-income country by 2021 and a prosperous developed country by 2041.