Ministry of Economy: Afghanistan’s Population Growing Rapidly with Increasing Demographic Dividend

Ministry of Economy: Afghanistan’s Population Growing Rapidly with Increasing Demographic Dividend

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17 Apr 2019

Officials of Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan have said that Afghanistan’s population increases 2.14 percent every year, and their estimations indicate that, by 2050, the population of the country will be doubled, with majority of population being young.

Separate reports released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) demonstrate that Afghanistan’s population will increase to 32.2 million by the end of this year while the findings estimate the current population at least 31 million.

“Afghanistan has the second youngest population in the world. Investing in adolescence and youth is equally crucial to sustainable development,” said Koffi Kouame, the UNFPA Country Director.

The Central Statistics Organization report shows that out of the estimated 32.2 million population, 51 percent of them will be men and 49 percent will be women.

The report also shows that from the total population of the country, 50 percent of them are under the age of 18 and 16.2 million people are dependent in terms of economy.

Meanwhile, Hasibullah Mowahid, the Technical Deputy Head of the Central Statistics Organization says that 30.7% of youth are unemployed and 2.7 million children are busy with hard works.

Mr. Mowahid emphasizes that the global population in 2019 and estimation of Afghan population in 2019 show that Afghanistan will have 32.2 million people this year. Last year’s population of the country was 31.6 million people.

The Technical Deputy Head of the Central Statistics Organization considers Afghanistan’s population structure a serious challenge, adding that its population structure is very young and even under age.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy pointed to an annual growth of 2.14 percent of the population of Afghanistan, expressing concern that by 2050, the country’s population will double in the same situation, which will reduce the supply of services.