Government has launched the second national strategy for the development of statistics (NSDS2), for the period 2023 to 2027.
This had been done under the theme “agenda for transformation and modernisation of the national statistical system.”
Finance and National Planning, Situmbeko Musokotwane, at the launch on Friday said the NSDS2 had been designed at a time of unprecedented increase in demand for statistics, emerging new data ecosystems and non-traditional data sources.
Musokotwane explained that the NSDS2 had been designed using a sectoral approach and was in fulfilment of the statistics act no. 13 of 2018.
“The act which also provides for mainstreaming of the strategy into the national development plan. I am reliably informed that the NSDS2 has already been mainstreamed into the eighth national development plan,” he said.
The NSDS2 is expected to: address current data challenges, build statistical capacity across the national statistical system and bring on board new trends in statistical organisation and management, including use of new data sources and leveraging new and innovative technologies.
Alongside the NSDS2, government disseminated some of the statistics plans from the eleven government ministries and agencies that participated in the design of NSDS2.
These were ministries of agriculture; commerce, trade and industry; finance and national planning; fisheries and livestock; general education; health, tourism and arts and gender division. the agencies are the bank of Zambia.
“Allow me to state that, with the sectoral approach being scalable, more sectors will be added as capacity is built up and experience gained.
“I therefore, urge other ministries to closely collaborate with Zambia Statistical Agency (ZAMSTATS) in the developments of their statistical capacities,” Musokotwane said.
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