Jan 2, 2013, 9:29 AM
Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) yesterday handed over information technology
materials and furniture to the Ministry of Interior and the Department of
Livestock Services at a ceremony held at its premises in Kanifing.
The materials were donated as part of the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistics Capacity Building under the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
Speaking on the occasion, Nyakassi Sanyang, the statistician general at GBoS, said the materials will enhance the productivity of the recipients.
“This is commitment we made and it is also part of our mandates as the coordinator of the national statistical system to ensure that capacity of all institutions within the system are strengthened to provide all the data expected from them,” he said.
Mr Sanyang said the idea of providing support to the institutions emanated from the deliberations of the 2012 User/Producer Forum. The forum was attended by all the institutions within the National Statistical System to share with GBoS the type of data they produce, the methodology applied in the collection process and how these data are processed and analysed.
He said the institutions were also requested to explain the challenges they encounter during the process of data collection and processing.
“The workshop report was reviewed and the management of the bureau decided that capacity building should be provided to all the institutions but at different levels,” the statistician general said.
He said they are also planning to conduct other capacity building activities such as training on basic statistics and research methodologies, statistical softwares and micro data repository.
“The bureau is negotiating with the University of The Gambia and other service providers to provide these trainings and very soon these trainings will be conducted,” Mr Sanyang said.
He explained that GBoS has also recruited an international consultant to conduct a capacity needs assessment for the entire National Statistical System and to use the assessment results to design a 5-year sustainable capacity building strategy.
“We are expecting to receive this document very soon and we promise that with time most of our capacity gaps will be addressed,” the statistician said.
Lamin B. Jaiteh of the Ministry of Interior said the materials will make their works, particularly data processing, less cumbersome.