African Centre for Statistics

African Statistics Day 2017

Every year, on 18 November, the African statistical community celebrates the African Statistics Day (ASD) with the objective of continuously raising awareness about the importance and use of statistics to support evidence-based decisions to support economic and social development in Africa. We are therefore pleased to inform you that the theme for 2017 African Statistics Day is: “Better Lives with Better Economic Statistics.” This theme was chosen in order to raise the awareness among decision makers, technical and financial partners, data producers, researchers, and the general public.


Zimbabwe’s Tobaiwa Mudede advocates for African Registrars General Association

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 17 October 2017 (ECA) – The task force meeting on the establishment of the Committee of African Registrars General opened here Tuesday with Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede, saying the meeting is crucial and would help enhance and facilitate the visibility of vital civil registration systems in Africa.


Task force meeting on Committee of African Registrars General set for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, October 16, 2017 (ECA) – A task force meeting on the establishment of the Committee of African Registrars General begins Tuesday in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Speaking ahead of the four-day meeting, Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said the establishment of an intergovernmental body to change the civil registration and vital statistics landscape in Africa will have many benefits.


Schweinfest says reaching out to policymakers on benefits of SDMX crucial

Addis Ababa, 4 October 2017 (ECA) - The 6th Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange global conference continued in Addis Ababa Wednesday with participants breaking into groups for a two-day capacity building phase that seeks to develop and strengthen their skills and abilities in using SDMX in statistical process in their respective countries and organisations.


SDGs offer unique opportunity to expand SDMX reach says UNSD’s Schweinfest

Addis Ababa, 3 October 2017 (ECA) – The universality and cross-cutting nature of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a unique opportunity for international partners to expand the reach of SDMX beyond its geographical and substantive core.

This was said by Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He was speaking at the 6th Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) conference in Addis Ababa.


Time to legislate statistics says South Africa’s Statistician-General at SDMX conference

Addis Ababa, 2 October 2017 (ECA) – Statistics make a crucial contribution to good governance in modern democracy, assisting in the formulation and evaluation of policies, among others, hence safeguards should be put in place to protect statisticians, South Africa’s Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla, said Monday.