With Morocco undergoing its first national census in a decade, the OBG talked last week to Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, high commissioner at the Planning Commission - the government research office charged with carrying out the work - about the progress made so far and the reasoning behind the project.
The Planning Commission
conducts both short-term studies, such as collating monthly inflation reports and quarterly employment reports, and long-term ones - such as yearly economic reports, budget forecasts and even mapping out Morocco's development choices in the decades to come.
However, the problem is that the last national census was conducted in 1994, and many other studies are conducted based on figures from then.
So, in order to get a more accurate assessment of the country's current demographic profile, a new census is required.
put it, The results should provide a precise demographic x-ray of the country.
In general they've been well received, said Alami
, apart from a few small problems.
There have been a couple of car accidents, and a few more unfortunate mishaps - notably the pelting with stones of one unfortunate censor out in the countryside.
Elsewhere, a handful of censors visiting more disreputable urban areas were greeted less with distrust than with exasperation.