KATHMANDU, July 1: Vice Chairperson of National Planning Commission Prof Dr Puspa Raj Kadel unveiled the final result of the first-ever National Economic Census 2018 amidst a program organized by the Central Bureau of Statistics here on Monday.
The result shows that there are 923,356 establishments out of which 462,605 (50.1%) are registered, 460,422 (49.9%) are not registered and 329 (0.04%) registration is unknown. The number of person engaged in these establishments are 3,228,457 persons where 2,012,237 (62.3%) are male and 1,216,220 (37.7%) are female. The final results are based on the new administrative area as of April 14, 2018 when the field enumeration was conducted, reads a press release issued by JICA Nepal.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice chair Kandel shared that Economic Census gives a true reflection of the Nepalese economy where the distribution of establishments is uneven across the country with high concentration of establishments in Province 3 and very low in Karnali. Therefore, ministries and planners should utilize these data for future planning process to meet the national goals.
Similarly, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Masamichi Saigo spoke on the utilization of data for policy planning so that the trade deficit can be reduced and foreign direct investment can be increased as the country has high potential on human resource and hydropower.
Likewise, Yumiko Asakuma, JICA Chief Representative stressed on the easily availability of data and its utilization by government agencies, researchers and private sector. JICA has been assisting the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) to conduct the first-ever National Economic Census 2018 (NEC2018) with the “Project on Capacity Development for the implementation of Economic Census 2018” since March 2016 until March 2021, reads the press statement.
Through this project, JICA gave technical knowledge and supported equipment to make the Economic Census meeting the international standard and the quality of data. The project will further support CBS to produce successive analytical reports in future.