During the meeting, Dr Barwani highlighted the importance of concerned authorities being ready to update data. He also said they need to be prepared for implementing activities of the recently launched nationwide campaign, named ‘Your Data, Your Identity’. He added that providing citizens and residents with required facilities is a priority.
Eng Omar al Ismaili, director general of E-Census 2020 indicated that the relevant authorities would gradually implement the process of updating data. The participation of individuals and institutions in updating data will complement efforts made by specialised teams to establish an integrated and electronically linked database. This will contribute in providing E-Census electronic system with timely and accurate data on population, housings and establishments.
The campaign will commence by inviting citizens, residents and business owners to update their data. Related authorities that will provide information for the project’s database will also participate in the campaign. Their role is to stress on the importance of updating data associated to them. This will be carried out through raising awareness on the kind of information that needs to be updated and completed as well as providing a background on procedures and required documents.
“The readiness of people to complete and update their data contributes in establishing a foundation that supports development plans and enhances the quality of services provided to all. Furthermore, their swift interaction with the campaign will demonstrate their commitment towards building the future,” he added.
The committee discussed the current status of the project and outcomes of data matching and updating.
The E-Census 2020 is the fourth census to be implemented by the sultanate since the Renaissance. The previous censuses were based on field survey, the most recent being in 2010, whereas the E-Census 2020 is based on registers from various public and private authorities.