African Statistics Day: Mauritius aims for highest data standards
A half-day workshop on the occasion of the 2013 African Statistics Day (ASD) took place at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port-Louis on November 18, 2013.
J Gilbert Gnany, chairman, Statistics Board, declared that the aim of Mauritius is to meet the highest of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Data Standard initiatives, that is, the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDD) Plus, by following the process laid down by Statistics Mauritius.
The theme of the 2013 ASD event was “Quality Data to support African Progress,” and, aligned with the theme, a presentation was made on the key results of Census 2011 and the Household Budget Survey 2012
The ASD is celebrated every year on the 18th of November since 1990 and its aim is to boost awareness about the important role which statistics plays in all aspects of enhancing social and economic development in African countries.
The ASD is a joint initiative of the Subsidiary Body of the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA), the Joint African Conference of Planners, Statisticians and Demographers.
All SDDS subscribers, particularly economies with systematically important financial sectors, are welcome to the SDDS Plus, which Mauritius was chosen for, according to Gnany.
The half-day workshop acted as a platform where different stakeholders present were able to interact and share best practices. These discussions will serve as feedback for Statistics Mauritius to improve the relevance and readability of its services to serve better its stakeholders.
L F Cheung Kai Suet, Director of Statistics, highlighted the important role of statistics for both aspects of life: social and economic.
According to her, it is essential that statistics produced must be of good quality and reliable, as well as based on a strong foundation. She also stated that a broad range of users should get easy access to good data and, in order to meet higher standards, there are various projects that her organization would be carrying out soon.
Together with Mauritius’s fellow African counterparts which share expertise, technical assistance and policy learning, Mauritius has also begun on a learning and collaboration development to improve the quality of statistics produced in the island economy.