African Centre for Statistics

E-training on the Measurement of Trade in Value-Added (TiVA)

The African Centre for Statistics of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), jointly with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) is organizing a Capacity Building Programme on TiVA. The programme consists of a series of capacity-building activities in three phases: an e-training module, a virtual webinar, and follow-up national workshops and technical assistance.


ECA launches Price Watch Centre for Africa

Addis Ababa, 11 August 2020 (ECA) - The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a first-of-its-kind continental tool that offers a unique view of price variations in African countries, regional economic communities and at continental level. 

During the virtual launch on 11 August 2020, ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, noted that the role of national statistics offices and national revenue authorities in ensuring that this platform has timely, accurate & up-to-date data will be crucial.


Third African CRVS Day commemorations set for 10 August across continent

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2020 (ECA) – Africa marks its third Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day on August 10 with growing calls for nations to classify civil registration as an essential service and strategies to be put into place to ensure business continuity during emergencies, including pandemics.


Six United Nations statistical offices work together to support countries in managing the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world tackles the spread of COVID-19 and its unprecedented impacts on economies, societies and the environment, we are all stepping into unknown territory. Everybody, from politicians to parents, from newly unemployed workers to nurses, from supermarket cashiers to schoolchildren in front of computer screens, faces great uncertainty. But not everything is unknown. We can arm ourselves with facts to navigate through this uncertainty, guiding decisions and informing plans.


Quick Assessment of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Africa National Statistical Offices Operations


A rapid assessment questionnaire composed of seven questions was sent to all the 54-member states of the Economic Commission for Africa to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on statistical operations. Thirty-seven (37) National Statistical Offices (NSOs) completed the survey. The main findings are summarized as follow: