The National Statistics Agency (NSA) launched the Namibia 2011 Census Atlas Report last night. This report is based on the Populations and Housing Census conducted in 2011.
According to the Statistician General, John Steytler, the report is the only way a greatest impact can be made in addressing developmental challenges that are facing the country.
”Geographic Information System (GIS) is not only useful in demarcating the country into enumeration areas to ensure complete coverage during the enumeration of the population but also to enrich statistical information as it enhances the usefulness of statistics to a wide range of users,” he said.
He added that spatial data plays a crucial role in enhancing statistics production and use.
In that regard, Steytler revealed that the agency is developing a policy on National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) which sets policies, standards and procedures under which organisations and technologies interact to foster more efficient production, management, access and use of spatial data in the country.
Giving her keynote address at the occasion, the Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila outlined the importance of statistics to the development of the country.
“Statistics play vital roles in managing the development processes as they help in tracking progress in terms of service delivery and impact of our policies in people’s live,” said the minister.
She also added that the application of GIS technologies gives a better understanding of population development issues of the country and that it is a valuable input for both national and regional development.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila concluded by commending the NSA for producing the useful information tool, pointing out that this report contains wealth of information which reflects our population and their living conditions at regional and constituency levels.
Copies of the Atlas report is readily available at the NSA Head office and it can also alternatively be found on soft copy on the Agency’s website.