STATISTICS Commission for Africa (StatCom- AFRICA) has chosen Tanzania to chair the continent’s statistics body for a two-year period.
During its sixth meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between October 3 and 4, 2018, the commission members unanimously approved Tanzania to chair the body between 2018 and 2020.
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu officially opened the meeting, underscoring the importance of high quality statistics as a basis for design and implementation of evidence-based policies at all levels.
The meeting was organised in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and agenda 2063: The Africa We Want of the African Union and was under the theme: “Enhancing National Statistical System Capacity to Support Policies for Africa’s Economic Diversification and Industrialisation.”
StatCom-Africa is the highest entity of the Africa Regional Statistical System and the highest decision making for Africa Statistical activities.
It brings together African statistical community, including heads of national statistical offices and regional statistical training centres as well as high level experts and development partners supporting statistical development in the continent.
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Director General Dr Albina Chuwa led the Tanzanian delegation to the meeting. Other delegates were Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre Rector Dr Frank Mkumbo and NBS acting Director of Economic Statistics Daniel Masolwa. During the meeting, delegates discussed the need for economic statistics in decision-making and for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The meeting also called on member countries to commit more resources in conducting timely surveys necessary for compiling reliable economic statistics to facilitate effective policy and decision making.
The opening of the meeting was also graced by remarks from Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Chief of the National Accounts and Economic Statistics Section of the United Nations Statistics Division Greg Scott and Director of Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Charles Leyeka Lufumpa.
The commission was established in 2005 at the joint Annual Meeting of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
The Commission operates within the framework of the United Nations policies and procedures and is subject to the oversight of Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.