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Rwanda follows in Mauritius’ footsteps

Rwanda follows in Mauritius’ footsteps, strengthens statistical systems

In August 2013, Egypt and Mauritius were ranked before Rwanda which was in the third position in the World Bank’s statistical capacity indicator after scoring 77 points out of 100. (Image: Government of Rwanda)

The emerging East African economy of Rwanda is putting yet another important pillar in place to grow its economy at an even faster clip – a robust data collection framework.

A new data development plan will be released soon by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) which will act as a support for the implementation of the second phase of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy.

In August 2013, Egypt and Mauritius were ranked before Rwanda which was in the third position in the World Bank’s statistical capacity indicator after scoring 77 points out of 100.

But not for long. Equipped with the new strategy, Rwanda will be ready to take Egypt and Mauritius head on with a national statistical systems that is ready to serve a growing economy and provide a framework that supports national development.

However, the general director of NISR, Yusuf Murangwa, stated that the Cabinet has not yet permitted the second national strategy and a cost $92.7 million is needed to make this action take place.

Capacity challenges, opportunities in data management quality, availability and accessibility will be dealt by the new data development plan.

Rwanda needs to concentrate more on dynamics of business, foreign and local investments, and their contribution to the economy, the labour market, as well as what needs to be done to meet Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) II goals.

For the 2013 African Statistics Day celebration, Yusuf Murangwa said that business statistics needs more attention above all because of the country’s implementation for a growth master plan.

He also wants Rwanda to function as a middle income economy by 2020 and to make this happen, a strong foundation needs to be planned and built.

Murangwa also stated that the country needs quality data to be able to achieve its economic objectives. As law for statistics gathering is very strict and clear, people who refuse to give the statistics when asked for it could even be put behind bars. He explained that the public must consider providing data to the institute an obligation to their country and not a choice.

Chief economist from the central bank, Dr. Thomas Kigabo, said more systems and information technologies must be established to facilitate the distribution and sharing of data and any other essential materials for the development of the country’s economy. Stakeholders also need to be provided with information and statistics.

Dr. Felicien Usengumukiza, deputy CEO in charge of research and monitory at the Rwanda Governance Board, pointed out that there should be consistent indicators to conduct the surveys. To avoid wastage of precious resources, the government must make sure in does not repeat a similar study to that which has been already done before.

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