23 Feb 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has appointed Alex Shimuafeni as its new statistician-general effective 01 April 2016.
The agency has been without a statistician-general since former Statistician-General John Steytler resigned in January 2015.
Steytler was later appointed as economic advisor to President Hage Geingob.
NSA Director of Economic Statistics, Ndamona Kalli serves as acting statistician-general in the meantime.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, the agency said Shimuafeni brings more than 15 years of executive and management experience, having worked in various sectors such as banking, commerce, media, and business.
Shimuafeni is currently employed as chief commercial officer at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), and previously served as manager of operations and business development at the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).
He also had a stint as chief statistician at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday shortly after a media briefing by the NSA on his appointment, Shimuafeni termed the appointment as a mammoth task that will require the involvement of all employees at the institution to make it a success.
First all of I am humbled for the responsibility; it is a mammoth task that I must take up and I am excited, but also I am aware of the responsibilities as well, said Shimuafeni.
He noted that data and the collection thereof is a vital tool in economic and social planning, and thus the data has to be right at all times for better planning.
Shimuafeni promised to build on the legacy of the institution and also make its services more accessible to the greater masses across the country through its regional offices.
The agency has been performing very well so I need to build and improve on that.
What people can expect from me in my term is accessibility of data and we need to bring it to the people and make them aware of the use of statistics, because if you misinterpret it, then you give the wrong impression to people, he said.