Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, officially opened the sixth meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa

Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, officially opened the sixth meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa

Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, officially opened the sixth meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa and the 13th Africa Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD), jointly organized by the African Development Bank the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Statistics South Africa and the National Statistical Agency of Ethiopia.

About 400 delegates are attending the meetings, which are taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Both events will focus on assessing the progress and challenges of ongoing population and housing census exercises undertaken within the region. Assessment of the 2020 population census comes against the background of a highly successful round of census taking undertaken by fifty African countries in 2010.

The main thrust of the meetings is to mobilize countries to maintain the momentum gained from the 2010 census round, and to discuss how to incorporate emerging technologies to reduce costs of census undertaking.

The meetings will also serve to discuss the need for economic statistics in decision-making and for informing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Countries are being mobilized to invest in timely surveys necessary for compiling reliable economic statistics to facilitate effective policy making.

In his opening remarks, President Teshome emphasized the importance of high quality statistics as a basis for the design and implementation of evidence-based policies at all levels.

Speaking on behalf of the Bank, Charles Lufumpa, Director of the Statistics Department, stressed its commitment to supporting statistical capacity development in Africa. He called upon African countries, regional organizations, development partners and the statistical community to strengthen their collaboration s in building statistical capacity across Africa.

Other speakers at the opening ceremony included the ASSD Chairman, the Statistician General of Statistics South Africa, Risenga Maluleke who narrated the origin of the ASSD, pointed out its centrality in the success of the 2010 population census round and called on African countries to maintain the momentum.

The Bank delegation is led by the Director of the Statistics Department, Charles Lufumpa, Manager of the Statistical Capacity Building Division, Ben Paul Mungyerez and , Manager of Economic and Social Statistics, Kouakou, Koua Louis.

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