BPS Asks Ministries/Institutions to Disseminate 2020 Census Information
Date 4 Desember 2019
Data and statistics are vital, without it we feel like living in a world without light, Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Suhariyanto said.
“We cannot develop a program without data,” Suhariyanto said in a Thematic Forum of the Governmental Public Relations Coordination Board (Bakohumas) adopting a theme “Vital Role of Bakohumas in Conducting the 2020 Population Census”, at Best Western Hotel, Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Wednesday (4/12).
Data is now more precious than oil. Therefore, data sovereignty must be upheld. Rights of the citizens for personal data must be protected. The regulations must be immediately formulated, no compromise, he said as quoting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s State Address on 16 August 2019.
Since there was no uniformity among statistical data, and geospatial data in one institution and others, it was hard to determine the Government’s data. Therefore, the President promulgated Presidential Regulation Number 39 of 2019 on Satu Data Indonesia, an integrated data-management service.
According to him, the data produced must meet these requirements: 1. Meet the data standard; 2. Include metadata; 3. Comply with data interoperability principles; and 4. Use reference code and/or master data.
He went on to say that the BPS will conduct the 7th census in Indonesia in 2020. The census which is held every 10 years aims to: 1. Provide data and number, composition, distribution, and characteristics of the Indonesian population towards One Data on Indonesian Population (De Facto De Jure); and 2. Provide demographic parameters and population projections (fertility, mortality, and migration) as well as other population characteristics for the purposes of population projection.
“From the 2020 Population Census we can have information about population projection; number of population, number of people of working age and demographic dividend, as well as the number of elderly,” Suhariyanto firmly said.
The 2020 Census will begin on 15 February 2020. It will be the first digital census for the BPS. As for people living in regions with limited internet access, an official will visit their homes with a tablet or smartphone in July 2020.
“The BPS hopes ministries/institutions can support the information dissemination regarding the Population Census and promote it,” he added. (AIT/HEN/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Reviewed by : Yuyu Mulyani