16 May 2014

Angola: President's Message to the Nation on the 2014 Census

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Full version of the message to the Nation delivered by His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic on the countrywide Population and Housing Census.

Dear fellowcountrymen,

The most advanced countries of the world which are also the richest and more organised, conduct the periodical counting of their populations through the Census, to learn how many men, women, youths, elderly and children they have and how many nationals and resident foreigners, where they are, how they live and how they contribute to the development of the Nation.

This task is important and very necessary for the Government to be able to take measures to improve the organisation of the trade, transport, agriculture, health, education, distribution of water and power, etc and create better living conditions in all cities, towns and villages.

The war that lasted many years in Angola did not permit to count how many we are, for us to determine the exact population that the country has and better organise our lives.

It is true that, with the peace that we attained in 2002, the country is under reconstruction, the Government and the people are working with abnegation.

Therefore, Angola is already considered an example of post-conflict national reconstruction.

But the path to travel is still long, until we reach the wellbeing and prosperity for all.

In order for us to reach this goal, we need more organisation, discipline, work and knowledge.

We also need to know how many we are and where we are, as the first step to better organise our society.

Our Government has mobilised and prepared thousands of youths to conduct this noble task as from May 16 to May 31 of 2014.

These youths are the Census agents who will walk door-to-door around the country, from Cabinda to Cunene, to gather the information required.

Each family, each national and foreign citizen, must fulfill their duty, by giving, without any fear, on the agreed day and time, the information requested by the Census agents.

Thus, they will participate in solidarity in the resolution of a national problem which is that of determining the size and composition of the population of Angola.

Don't miss! Participate!

(Non-official translation)

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