IT was less than three years ago that Papua New Guinea said its population had reached seven million, but the abacuses have been dusted off and it now seems the number of people in Australia’s closest neighbour is about to get to 10 million.
The National Statistical Office (NSO) believes the population is set to soon reach that landmark after verifying some preliminary statistical findings.
National Statistician Roko Koloma says the increase reflects a population boom that is said to be correlated with the rapid increase of infrastructure development over the past decade.
“The National Statistical Office stands for the people because every number that we collect or estimate whether it is social or economic or socio-economic is a benefit to the people,” Mr Koloma said.
“These are very important estimates because government can then conjure up their own predictions of the economy based on the data we present.”