Statistics (GBoS) has joined the international community to celebrate Africa
Statistics Day, a symposium between
producers and users of statistics. The symposium was to ensure that the needs
and views of statistics user community is properly addressed.
The African Statistics Day is observed every 21 and 22 November with the objective of raising public awareness about the important role statistics play in all aspects of African social and economic development.
Gambia’s finance minister Mamburay Njie said Africa Statistics Day celebrations focuses on issues relating to the importance of statistics in developing, planning and policy formulation. He said, the theme of the celebration is intended to raise awareness on the important role statistic officials play in the fight against corruption among government officials and decision makers. “The theme is also aligned with the African Union Summit theme which is ”Winning the fight against corruption, a sustainable path for Africa Transformation.”
He said, during the Assembly of African Union, member states adopted a convention on preventing and combating corruption which was considered by the AU advisory board to be the sole legal instrument in Africa to fight corruption.
Finance minister Njie explained that, the responsibilities of GBoS include production of high quality data that government and development partners can use to formulate policies and prepare strategic plans to ensure sustainable development. “This task cannot be done by the Bureau in isolation, that is why collaboration with key stakeholders is important.”