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New statistical law to be submitted to Cabinet meeting at end 2016.


(TAP) - The new statistical law being prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) will be submitted to the Cabinet meeting for review at the end of this year, Director General of the institute Hedi Saidi said on Wednesday.

This law will meet international standards in producing statistics and will update the 1999 law, he told TAP on the sidelines of the 12th African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD 2016), which runs from November 2 to 4 in Gammarth, on the theme "strengthening basic economic statistics for compilation of national accounts in Africa."

The INS is now developing this legislation that will translate the professional independence of the Institute and will provide necessary resources for producing quality statistics for decision making and the achievement of strategic studies, he pointed out.

The development of this law is part of a twinning project funded by the EU (2016/2018), in partnership with the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of France (INSEE), the Institute of Statistics of Italy (ISTAT) and with support from "Statistics Lithuania", he recalled.

As for ASSD, a symposium created in 2006 by African statisticians to contribute to the development of statistics (demographic, economic ...) on the continent, it has studied over the past decade only social statistics, Saidi said, adding that the next 5 years will be dedicated to consideration of economic statistics (environment, growth rate ...).

The aim is to enable experts and economists to better understand the economic problems in African countries and resolve difficulties faced by African statistical institutes in the production of statistical data.

In Africa, these difficulties relate in particular to poor financial and human resources in particular, the technical capacity of the software to produce more accurate statistics.

There are also shortcomings in the production of basic statistics allowing the production of economic indicators, namely the use of administrative sources at the level of ministries and public institutions, the independence of African statistical institutes and statisticians who are called to be totally independent to promote the production of "reliable and accurate statistics that reflect the real situation of their country, he said.

The African Institute of Statistics (IAS) whose creation decision dates back to 2013 and which bear the name of African leader Nelson Mandela would be based in Tunis in 2017, said Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation Fadhel Abdelkefi, adding that a meeting in Abidjan, should decide on the exact date of the opening of this office.

The 12th African Symposium on Statistical Development, which brings together representatives of fifty African countries, will discuss in particular the development of economic statistics in all areas and methods and mechanisms for improving the collection and processing of economic statistics.

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Date:Nov 2, 2016
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