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Namibia Statistics Policy

Mon, 4 August 2014 04:40

The Statistics Policy sets out the intent of the Government in relation to key features of the National Statistics System (NSS).
It will serve to increase public confidence and trust in official statistics produced. The Policy is set within the framework of the Statistics Act. Applies the United Nations (UN) Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, compatible with ACS.

Statistics policy development in context

The state of statistics in the last few years.
Benefited from an impressive amount of intellectual input.
Staff of the NSA and the former Central Bureau of Statistics,
 International organisations.
Objectives of a Statistics Policy
To ensure that:
The NSA and the NSS are energized to function as well-managed, high-performance institutions.
The performance of the statistical institutions is comparable to that of leading statistical institutions in other countries;
Statistics are made readily accessible to users and are well explained;
Statistical research, training and education in statistics are supportive of national statistical needs;
Confidentiality of individual entity data is strictly maintained;
Importance of the Policy
Provide a strong basis for the public to have confidence and trust in the statistics that are produced
Provide assurance to all levels of society, regions, sectors and population groups, that none are left behind in identifying needs.
Provide a background under which media can assess the statistical institutions and their products and promote informed reporting by the media to the public.

Coordination role

Coordination entails establishing meaningful and effective linkages among various entities and units within the national statistical service.
Current statistical system is rather fragmented; with many stakeholders.

Good communication between agencies

Ensure that statistical work is not duplicated.
Resources are devoted to the most important areas and to avoid important issues from being neglected because they fall into a grey area.
The coordination elements expressed in the Statistics Act are quite significant and detailed and call for a range of actions by the NSS.
Establishing a co-ordination committee to promote coordination within the NSS.
Ensuring inclusion of users and producers of statistics at all levels of government in coordination initiatives.

Achieving objectives in a
cost-effective and efficient manner

Achieving objectives in a cost-effective and efficient manner undertaking new data collections only when judged to be essential to provide needed data
Assessing, aligning and rationalizing survey programmes.
Using sampling in place of full.
The NSA and the NSS will raise their capacity and performance to join the leaders in statistical capacity and operations.
The NSS operations and development will be consistent with the objectives of the Government of Namibia as set out in NDPs, MDGs, V2030