African Centre for Statistics

Capitalising on statistics – yet another ECA focus

Yaounde, 29 May 2014 (ECA) - The comparative advantage of the Economic Commission for Africa in disseminating statistics lies in its capacity to tell the story behind the numbers and its ability to capitalise on such data to plead the case for Africa’s transformation. This was the principal remark made by experts in data collection, dissemination and communication from ECA’s Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, during a recent UN workshop on the dissemination and communication of statistics, held in Niamey – Niger.


We insist on transformation, Lopes tells Cameroon’s Commonwealth Minister

Yaounde, 12 February 2014 (ECA) - Sustained growth is important but the transformation the structure of economies in Central Africa is indispensable for countries of the sub-region to effectively tackle poverty, remarked ECA’s Executive Secretary, Mr Carlos Lopes on his first call on Cameroon’s government officials in the context of his firs his first working visit to Central Africa.


ECA hailed for commitment to improving statistics on the continent

Gaborone, Botswana, 19 February 2014 (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was repeatedly hailed for its commitment and contribution to improving statistical institutions and systems on the continent.
During a seminar ‘Facts and Fiction of Africa’s Statistics Narrative’ on the second day of the 5-day 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) in Botswana, ECA took centre stage as different discussants made reference to its commitment to statistics through consistent initiatives including the establishment of the African Centre for Statistics (

Africa must step up on statistics

Gaborone, Botswana, 18 February 2014 (ECA) -  Addressing more than 400 delegates at the official opening of the 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) in the capital of Botswana Gaborone, yesterday, Vice President of the Republic of Botswana Ponatshego Kedikwe said Africa needed to step up with the rest of the world in strengthening institutional systems and frameworks for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). 
He called the poor state of vital statistical records a scandal of invisibility in which many citizen's existence are unaccounted f

Facts and fiction of Africa's Statistics Narrative

Gaborone, Botswana, February 18 2014  (ECA) - The book ‘Poor numbers: How we are mislead by African Development Statistics and what to do about it’ came under heavy criticism at a seminar last night organised by the 9th Symposium on Statistical Development in Africa (ASSD), in Gaborone, Botswana.

But the author, Morten Jerven was there to defend his book.


Experts to meet on Mobile Technologies for Data Collection and Statistics

Addis Ababa, 15 March 2014 (ECA) - The African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the secretariat of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (INECV), are organizing  a “Regional Workshop on the Use of  Mobile Technologies for Data Collection and Statistical Production in Africa.”