GRN agencies urged to include statistics units

31 Oct 2017 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) - The National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) should include a requirement for all government ministries and agencies to have a statistics unit or department.
This was said by Professor Ben Kiregyera, an African Development Bank consultant, speaking on Monday at the official launch of the NSDS plan.
Kiregyera said statistics should be one of the core activities of a functional organisation.
The NSDS plan is aimed at incorporating statistics into the national policy and planning process responding to data challenges and building capacity across the statistical value chain.
According to Kiregyera, good quality statistics are the driver of national prosperity and are important in the societal management as administration, good governance and planning cannot be effectively done without it.
“No meaningful discourse on development can be undertaken without involving statistics. It is a strategic resource that every country needs to have, not only to manage development but also to measure progress and achievement that government has made,” he said.
Kiregyera further added that although Namibia’s Statistics Act is the best in Africa, the country is not doing well according to the World Bank Statistical Capacity Indicator as it is below the average for Sub-Saharan Africa in statistical capacity.
According to Statistician General and Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), Alex Shimuafeni the NSDS plan will be implemented by 31 January 2018.
In the interim, a technical workshop is being held from 31 October to 03 November to empower senior officials on the concept, process and approach of the NSDS plan.
So far 30 countries have implemented similar plans.