By KELLY NJOMBO
GOVERNMENT has commended the Central Statistical Office (CSO) for effectively conducting the economic census to measure the extent of investment in the country.
Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda has also urged CSO to continue conducting economic censuses to set up a benchmark reference for collecting economic statistics.
Speaking when he officiated at a dissemination workshop of the economic census results, Mr Chikwanda said Government will continue to provide support to CSO to enable it respond not only to local, but also global expectations of providing quality data.
“As Government, we are commending the CSO for successfully conducting the economic census as this will provide a basis for setting up a balance of payments statistics, and to provide a basis for the production and rebasing of different kinds of statistics.
“The economic census will also provide aid to measure the true extent of investment in Zambia both foreign and domestic,” Mr Chikwanda said.
He said Zambia is one of the first countries in Africa to successfully conduct an economic census.
Earlier, CSO director John Kalumbi said over K30 million was spent on conducting the economic census.
Mr Kalumbi urged the public, stakeholders and Government to take advantage of the results from the census to plan and to formulate policies that will enhance development.