A socio-economic survey of Cambodian life has been launched by the Department of
Statistics of the Ministry of Planning which hopes to collect information on many
aspects of people's life.
The survey runs in four stages across 15 provinces and hopes to target 1,250 families
for interview. It should be completed by October next year when a final assessment
will be produced.
As part of the programme, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Asian
Development Bank (ADB) are sponsoring a training course for 55 field officers who
will collect data from 400 families in Phnom Penh.
"It's exceedingly important because they [Cambodians] need current data - household
expenditure, income distribution, employment and unemployment conditions, migration,
literacy, education levels," said R. B. M. Korale, UNDP/ADB senior statistics
Korale said the survey would help finance and planning ministries and the National
Bank of Cambodia improve its macro-economic program.
"If you do the survey well, the data will remain useful and respond to the need
of the Cambodian people and, perhaps, a high level of prosperity for many years to
come," Korale said.