In the morning of 9 December 2021, the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam (GSO) held a conference on the spatial data system on population and development. Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong, General Director of GSO and Ms. Naomi Kitahara, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam co-chaired the conference. Attending the conference were representatives of leaders from GSO units and a number of international organizations. Online attendants at the bridge points were leaders and heads of departments of 63 Statistical Departments of provinces and cities under central management.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Director General Nguyen Thi Huong said that the 2019 Vietnam Population and Housing Census had been successfully organized and implemented. The results of the Census are an extremely valuable and timely source of information used by the Party, Government, ministries, departments, branches and localities in assessing and making strategies and plans for socio-economic development throughtout the country. Besides, it is also a valuable source of information to serve needs of domestic and foreign users and receive high praise.
To enhance the efficiency of data usage, GSO has built the website: “Spatial data system on population and development” (GIS) with the technical and financial support from UNFPA and with contributions from UN Joint SDG Fund. This is a tool to digitalize up-to-date data on the Census and economic development indicators that are organized by administrative units. All information related to households and many socio-economic indicators that directly affect people are put on the map of Vietnam to serve the needs of research and policy development on population and economy, society based on spatial data. The website’s address is https://gis.gso.gov.vn.
The website of the Population and Development Spatial Data System is built with the following objectives: (1) Digitalizing the map of Vietnam with statistical data on population collected from Population and Housing census 2019, environmental and disaster data and some related data. These data are digitalized and GPS located to form a data warehouse, helping users to easily look up according to geographical partitions, layers to the smallest administrative level, including topographic maps, administrative map, traffic map, water surface map, disaster relief map, medical facility map; (2) Take advantage of GPS data of households obtained from the 2019 Population and Housing Census to assist in determining census sites for census sampling at households in the statistical industry.