Angola Statistics Institute receives funding from the European Development Fund

29 October 2009

Luanda, Angola, 29 Oct – Angola’s National Statistics Institute (INE) is to receive 2.3 million euros from the European Development Fund (EDF) to improve the country’s statistical information, the representative of the delegation of the European Commission said in Luanda.

During the 2nd meeting of Committee for Support in Developing Statistical Systems in Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP), held in Luanda, Paulo Leitão said that the EDF has a budget of 214 million euros to be applied between 2008 and 2013 to several social and infrastructure programme in Angola.

Leitão also said that the basic statistical data would only have economic implications when a population census was carried out, as he said “the census is what allows to know how many of us there are, where we live, what we do, what are our social conditions, and conditions of water supply, electricity and sanitation.”

As Angola has not had a population census since 1970, the basic information is not precise enough to provide the business sector with concrete information about the population and the country’s consumer market, amongst other factors.

“We are working with samples, with approximations, estimates that can be somewhat out of line,” he said.

The director of the National Statistics Institute, Maria Ferreira dos Santos Oliveira, said that the funding provided by the European Development Fund (EDF) would be applied to improving statistical production in terms of quality, opportunity and regularity of its dissemination. (macauhub)