YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The 2000 Census Dress Rehearsal will be held in the town of Spitak and in eight villages of the Ararat province from September 6-15. The results will serve as a basis for holding the general census on October 10-19–2001–head of Armstat Stepan Mnatsakanian announced at a press conference–Friday.
Mnatsakanian said that the dress rehearsal would be the first chance to test a package of census directions allocated by US experts–a group of which is currently in Armenia to help prepare Armenian specialists.
Stressing the importance of holding the census–Mnatsakanian said that 17,000 people will be involved in conducting the census–and the results will be released in 2002. According to him–a total of 1.75 billion drams are earmarked for the project–but he said that due to the thrifty manner of conducting the census–the real expenses will be much less. He added that 45 million drams are allocated for holding the rehearsals.
The last census was held in Armenia in 1989–after the disastrous earthquake in Spitak and the accelerating Karabakh conflict. Mnatsakanian also noted that within the framework of the TACIS program and with the assistance of the US International Development Agency–statistical data on the three Trans-Caucasus countries- Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan–had been published.