NBS assessing data for Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania

14Sep 2020
Polycarp Machira
Dodoma
The Guardian
NBS assessing data for Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania

THE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) looks forward to having ‘high frequency data’, a time-scale data collected at an extremely fine scale, soon, calling for support from other stakeholders.

This was said here by the Statistician General Dr Albina Chuwa during the event to receive ICT equipment from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The donation, according IOM, was made to support reporting and to strengthen data management across the country including migration data.

The donation worth $20,000 consisted of four HP elite book 840 laptops, four docking stations and accessories, four HP 27 slim monitors, one heavy duty photocopy printer and four Microsoft Office 365.

She said Tanzania has achieved success in statistical activities and has the potential of starting issuing high frequency data.

 “Partners like IOM can help us reach that far, joining the league of some developed countries globally that are doing the same,” she said, lauding IOM for the continued support which has enabled NBS improves collection of official data on migration in the country.

She said the donation was a promise made during the African Statistics Day 2019 by the IOM country office.

She said during the meeting whose theme was, “Everyone counts: quality statistics for better management of forced displacement in Africa” IOM office worked closely with NBS during the planning until the meeting day.

Dr Chuwa explained that IOM Chief of Mission (CoM) in the country Dr Qasim Sufi promised continued cooperation with NBS in capacity building on migration data collection and dissemination.

Under the project Africa Regional Migration Program Phase X East and Horn of Africa funded by the State Department Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration (BPRM), the United States of America (USA), IOM donated ICT equipment to the NBS Offices in both Mainland and Zanzibar.

Handing over the he donation, Dr Sufi said  the  ICT equipment is among the project deliverables aimed at strengthening  NBS capacity to independently undertake migration data collection, research and learning to inform on policy development.

He said: "To monitor the degree of achievement towards the 17  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),we need reliable and timely data to show where we are making progress and where are falling behind including data on Migrants and Migration.”

He added that the ultimate goal is to support the government through the NBS to do just that.