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Data collection equipment key in development, says Veep

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says the use of modern equipment in data collection is key to fostering sustainable development.
Mrs Wina said harnessing modern technology will help to improve the statistical system’s capability and responsiveness.
The Vice-President said this in Lusaka yesterday when she officiated at the commemoration of the 2015 African Statistics Day.
The theme for this year’s African Statistics Day is: Better Data for Better Lives: Harnessing Modern Technology to Enhance National Statistical Systems.
Mrs Wina, who is also minister of National Planning, observed that the theme for the event is timely for Zambia as it has come at a time when the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has acquired modern equipment.
“Use of modern equipment in data collection will promote provision of quality data that will trigger the formulation of good policies, which when implemented effectively will bring about sustainable development. This is development that is independent, irreversible and manageable and that will help to better people’s lives.
“Harnessing modern technology to enhance the national statistical systems is a double-edged sword that delivers a modern infrastructure model that integrates and simplifies the process to improve the statistical system’s capacity and responsiveness as well as drive innovation,” Mrs Wina said.
She said Government is happy that the CSO has acquired modern equipment which will enable the institution to provide accurate data that is essential to national development.
Mrs Wina also said Government is happy that the CSO has now integrated the use of modern technology in its surveys at data collection and dissemination levels, adding that this has enhanced the quality of data survey.
She also said despite the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) having been concluded, the CSO will continue to support global development initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Vice-President is also happy that the new CSO office block has been completed and will soon be occupied.
Mrs Wina reiterated Government’s commitment and support to operations of the CSO.
And CSO director John Kalumbi is concerned that the 1964 Act does not provide institutional arrangement, coordination and harmonisation.
And United Nations Population Fund country representative Mary Otieno pledged continued support to Zambia’s statistical development.

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