Addis Ababa — The Central Statistics Agency (CSA) said that Ethiopia was elected by the World Bank's Information Development team for its better position in statistical information development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The African Statistics Day would be marked today for the second time in Ethiopia.
CSA Deputy Director General Yasin Mussa said that Ethiopia is among the few developing countries known for better performance in collecting integrated family statistical information.
The Deputy Director General attributed the better performance in collecting integrated family statistical information to the attention the government attached for the development of statistical information development.
The government has carried out remarkable activities aimed at reducing the number of people under poverty, Yasin said, and added that information gathered to evaluate the activities carried out by the government are being compiled and would soon be publicized.
Moreover, the Agency is providing adequate and detailed information on the economic growth registered over the past three years, he added.
The Agency has also been engaged in preparations aimed at realizing a breakthrough on the country's statistics system through designing a five-year statistics development strategy following the Ethiopian Millennium, according to the Deputy Director General.
African countries and development partners recognized the need for better statistics to improve evidence-based policy design and planning, and to support implementation, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes and impacts of development initiatives. African Statistics Day was initiated by a former Subsidiary Body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Joint African Conference of Planners, Statisticians, and Demographers.
The day would be marked in Ethiopia with a workshop that discusses the activities of the Agency with a view to creating awareness to put statistics at the heart of development planning of the country, Yasin said.