Statistics Mauritius launches interactive data portal
The building housing the Statistics Mauritius division (Source: statsmauritius.gov.mu)
Statistics Mauritius changed its look for the International Year of Statistics 2013, launching an interactive statistical data portal in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), and a code of practice for official statistics. The official logo of Statistics Mauritius was also unveiled on September 23 at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène.
The statistics division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is organizing a series of activities to celebrate the International Year of Statistics 2013. These events are expected to increase public awareness on the power and impact of statistics in all walks of life.
The interactive statistical data portal will empower users by allowing them to compile their own tables and graphs. It will also customize user experience, by enabling users to view pre-selected indicators from various time periods by country or regions using a variety of charts and maps. The portal includes pre-selected data from Statistics Mauritius and international organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The code of practice, approved by the Statistics Board on 17 May 2013 under the framework of the Statistics Act 2000 (Amended), is in line with 15 key principles addressing quality, relevance and credibility of office statistics. Applicable to all producers of official statistics, the code sets the standard for developing, producing and disseminating official statistics in Mauritius. A compliance assessment will be carried out every three years to monitor progress.
J Gilbert Gnany, the chairperson of the Statistics Board, underlined the significant role of statistics in all walks of life, and especially in the socio-economic development of a country. He also elaborated important milestones for Statistics Mauritius such as Mauritius becoming only the second Sub-Saharan African country to graduate from the IMF General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) to the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) in February 2012.
LF Cheung Kai Suet, the director of Statistics, emphasised the increasing role of Statistics Mauritius in providing credible statistical information to various government ministries/departments and other important decision-makers. She highlighted recent initiatives to strengthen statistical processes such as a new piece of legislation setting the foundation for a modern and efficient national statistics office and the review of the organisation in 2011 to increase its autonomy and ensure higher quality of statistics.
Karim Mhirsi, Principal Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, said that the recent initiatives of Statistics Mauritius ensure that Mauritius is on the African Information Highway, a shared vision for data exchange, management and dissemination. He traced the genesis of the initiatives to the meeting of the 3rd session of the Statistical Commission, where regional member countries requested the AfDB to provide them with a Statistical Dissemination System that could be used to exchange data within the region.
The project of installing data portals in all regional member countries and in the 16 sub-regional organisations in Africa started in 2013 and will be completed by the end of this year.
Source: Government of Mauritius