Statistics systems are essential in any modern state, Angolan statistics institute says

4 December 2006

Luanda, Angola, 04 Dec – The director-general of the Angolan National Statistics Institute (INE), Flávio Couto, said Saturday in Luanda that National Statistics Systems are essential components of the institutional structures of any modern State.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar on the Organization and Management of National Statistics Institutes of the SADC, the director said that without these components economic decisions and the configuration of public policies cannot be carried out in the best climate for choice and the efficiency of results.

He added that the production of quality statistical information requires enormous investment, in training, equipment, facilities and in material means to carry out systematically censuses and surveys of families and companies.

The seminar, which was the initiative of the United Nations Statistics Division and the member states of the SADC, ends on December 6 and is part of Africa Statistics Day, which will be celebrated on December 7.

On the first day, the participants discussed leadership of statistics institutions in South Africa, Mozambique and Cape Verde and Sunday discusses Strategic Planning.

The SADC was set up in 1980 and currently has Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its members. (macauhub)