Today the National Statistics Office has said that the population of Honiara is not projected to reach 350,000 people by 2050, contrary to claims made this week. Government Statistician, Douglas Kimi, said that according to the 2009 Census, the population of the capital was 64,600 and that this is projected to increase to only 99,500 people by the year 2025.
“There is currently a lot of misinformation about the population data published by this office”, Mr Kimi said. “The National Statistics Office has not release any population information for 2050. Based on the projected growth rate to 2025, it is highly unlikely the population of Honiara would increase fivefold to 350,000 people by 2050. Population projections are increasingly volatile the further out they move from the base year and for this reason our Office only publishes data to the year 2025.”
“I would strongly encourage all users of data attributed to the National Statistics Office to check the figures and where they are sourced from,” Mr Kimi continued. “The National Statistics Office is here to help and our staff are happy to answer any queries members of the government, private, media or community sectors may have. Accurate data is central to good decision-making and the development of sound policy. The future of the Solomon Islands depends on us getting this stuff right.
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