NSA facilitates gazetting of policies and standards

11 Feb 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has facilitated the gazetting of its various policies and standards which are aimed at promoting high-quality statistical products and services.
The Statistics’ policy, code of practice, professional and ethical standards applicable to statistical procedures, amongst others, were all gazetted on 27 January 2015.
In a statement issued to Nampa on Tuesday, NSA's Deputy Director for Corporate Communications, Iipumbu Sakaria, said in the next few months the agency will hold a sensitisation workshop to unpack the content of these policies and standards.
He explained that the statistics policy applies the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistic and is consistent with the requirement in the Statistics Act.
The Statistics Act, 2011 (Act no. 9 of 2011) provides for the Statistician-General to develop standards including a standard for 'the quality criteria with which statistical collections must comply'. The Act also provides for the Statistician-General to designate statistics as 'official' statistics'.
Sakaria said the statistics policy also adheres to the African Charter on Statistics and with the statistic principles and regional statistical programme of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
He said the code of practice, professional and ethical standards applicable to statistics procedures sets out professional and ethical standards applicable to statistics producers in Namibia.
“The codes supports the aim that the institutions and their statistics should have the confidence and trust of users, and the statistics should have high quality, meet user's needs, and have been complied, produced and disseminated in accordance with national international standards and good practices,” he said.
Sakaria explained that this standard provides a ready reference for producers of statistics in the National Statistical Systems (NSS) on good practices supporting professional and ethical standards of behaviour; and an easily-accessible and understandable document for users and the general public to understand how the producers of statistics in the NSS carry out their functions.
He further explained that the data collection, processing dissemination policy and practice sets out practices in relation to data collection by statistics producers in the NSS.
The data quality assessment framework and designation statistics aims to set out quality dimensions and elements on which quality of statistics will be assessed for them to be certified as official statistics in accordance with the Statistics Act.
Sakaria said the framework was developed in consultation with producers and users of statistics in July and August 2013 and gained their support, adding that the implementation of the framework will contribute to the production of high quality statistics and the increase in the use of statistics for national development.
He said the copies of these policies and standards are available and public may obtain them at their offices.