Malawi on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the world Statistics Day (WSD).
According to a press release from the commissioner of statistics at the National Statistical Office (NSO), 2015 marks an important convergence for Malawi’s official statistics with the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the endorsement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the preparations for the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme.
“Official statistics help decision makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people. Accordingly, improved data sources, sound statistical methods, modern technologies and strengthened statistical systems enable better decisions across all sectors of the economy and that eventually result in better lives,” reads the statement in part.
The statement further says, NSO, through printed reports, e-mail and NSO website provide official statistics to ministries and departments, development partners, civil society organisations and the general public to use in informing the design, implementation and evaluation of various development programmes and policies in the country.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 20th October 2015 as the second WSD. The first one was celebrated on October 20 2010.
This year’s theme is Better Data For Better Lives.