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CS visits Census and Statistics Department's 2016 Population By-census Office (with photos)

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (July 7) visited the Census and Statistics Department's 2016 Population By-census Office in Kwun Tong, and was updated on the work of the department and its data collection progress for the By-census.

     Mrs Lam was first briefed by the Commissioner for Census and Statistics, Mr Leslie Tang, on the department's work and its future work plan, including the latest progress of the 2016 Population By-census.

     The By-census is being conducted from June 30 to August 2. About one-tenth of households have been sampled for detailed enquiry on a broad range of socio-economic characteristics. The selected households can complete an e-questionnaire online or via mobile app using computers, smartphones or mobile tablets. From July 16 to August 2, census officers working in pairs will conduct face-to-face interviews with households that have not yet submitted their e-questionnaires and will use mobile tablets to record data.

     Later, Mrs Lam visited the By-census Service Centre and was briefed on the operation of the enquiry hotline (18 2016). The hotline provides a one-stop service for households, including handling enquiries, verifying the identity of census officers, booking face-to-face interview appointments and conducting phone interviews.

     During the visit, Mrs Lam expressed her gratitude to the department staff for the effort they have put in over the past few months to prepare for the By-census.

     She pointed out that the By-census will provide useful data and assist the Government in formulating policies on transport, education, health care, poverty alleviation, elderly care and support for ethnic minorities.

     She encouraged the department staff to continue to do their utmost to ensure a smooth By-census.

     Detailed information on the By-census is available at

Ends/Thursday, July 7, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:05


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