International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Development of National Statistical Systems in Africa by 2012: Lessons Learnt and Prospects
Zakayo E. Msokwa. PhD.

The paper tracks the development of statistics production systems in African countries and their use at different levels of the government echelon. It begins by looking at the historical systems of statistics productions, where only one department or office (central statistical office) was responsible for production of official statistics while the central government was the main user of these statistics. The statistics produced by these offices were at macro levels. With the changes in running the government that has taken place since independence of these countries, the need for statistics has increased beyond central governments, thus calling for producers and other players in the field. It lastly concludes with a recommendation on how a national statistical system can be developed to cater for the new demands.

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