Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) on Monday presented its activity reports for
2015/ 2016 before Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) of the National Assembly.
Nyakassi Sanyang, the statistician general of The Gambia Bureau of Statistics said during the year under review, GBoS continued with its routine activities as well as implementing activities related to ad-hoc studies. “Routine activities undertaken include data collection processing analysis and dissemination of statistics on consumer prices, producer prices, government finance, national accounts, trade and transport.”
“With the ad hoc studies, the Bureau continued implementing the post enumeration activities of 2013 Population and Housing Census, started implementing the 2015/ 2016 Integrated Household Survey (IHS) and phase 11 of the 2014/ 2015 Economic Census.”
Sanyang, further informed deputies that since the establishment of GBoS by the Statistics Act of 2005, the Bureau continues to recruit more staff particularly in the professional cadre to meet the staff requirements under the new structure and address the huge capacity gaps.
In the area of capacity building, GBoS boss informed deputies that developing statistical capacity across the National Statistical System is high on the Burea’s agenda. During 2015, GBoS continued to pay the tuition and related training costs of five of its staff who are pursuing BSc in Economics at the University of The Gambia.
“Most staff in the middle and junior cadre have since secured similar admissions at UTG, but because of the limited subvention from government, the Bureau could not support their trainings.”