A half-day workshop on the theme "Data for Development - Opportunities and Challenges" was organised at the initiative of Statistics Mauritius, on 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava, to mark the African Statistics Day 2018. The Chairperson of Statistics Board, Mr Patrick Yip Wang Wing, the Director of Statistics, Ms Cheung Kai Suet, and other personalities were present of the occasion.
The workshop aimed at reducing knowledge gaps on big data initiatives and enabling participants explore various possibilities for efficiency gains, as well as paving the way for concrete and workable solutions towards coordinated action within the Mauritian Statistical System. It also provided an opportunity for members of the profession, not only to interact and exchange views on a statistics-related theme, but also to raise public awareness about the important role official statistics can and does play in all aspects of social and economic development.
In his address, Mr Yip highlighted that the statistical information published by Statistics Mauritius and other producers of official statistics, namely the Bank of Mauritius and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, covers a variety of topics. They can range from the National Accounts to the Health Accounts; from external balance of payments to quality of life; and from crime and security to social safety net. He reiterated that the Statistics Board, in line with its statutory mission, will continue to give its full support to initiatives and proposals that will promote the quality and integrity of official statistics and improve coordination for development of the latter.
The Chairperson of Statistics Board further underscored that the ambition for the next five years in the field of official statistics is to build a solid framework and strong capacity for statistical production and dissemination, in terms of relevance, scope, quality, timeliness and data disaggregation. He stressed that the five-year strategy, namely the National Strategy for Official Statistics (NSOS 2019-23) is not just meant for Statistics Mauritius and other producers of official statistics but will be of direct relevance to all those who hold administrative data as well as other key partners of the National Statistical System.
African Statistics Day 2018
The African Statistics Day was adopted in May 1990 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers responsible for Planning and Economic Development. The day is celebrated on the 18th of November each year in order to increase public awareness about the important role which statistics play in all aspects of social and economic life of the continent.