AfDB Launches African Statistical Journal
Tunis, 24 November 2005 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched an African Statistical Journal devoted to promoting understanding of statistics in development in Africa.
Africa Statistical Journal (ASJ), a bi-annual bilingual (English-French) publication launched in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, will also serve as a convenient statistical reference at home, in schools and in professional work.
"The Journal is meant to be a forum not only for exchanging ideas on statistics but, as importantly, for supporting and advancing the cause of sustainable and equitable development in Africa," President Donald Kaberuka, says in the foreword to the maiden edition.
Noting that development efforts in Africa are compounded by the dearth of reliable and timely data, Dr. Kaberuka expressed the hope that the ASJ, together with the various programs that the ADB has launched to build statistical capacity on the continent, will enable African countries to address this critical issue.
He urged people who are interested in the development of statistics in Africa and in the results-based development agenda to actively participate in the journal and the work it reports on.
The Maiden edition of the journal contains 11 articles and editorials covering 141 pages. Topics in the edition cover a wide rage of statistical themes including: ‘Relevance of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Approach to Statistical Development in Africa’, ‘Using the GDDS to Build Statistical capacity in Africa’ and ‘Communautés des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest: Activités Statistiques du Sécretariat Exécutive de la CEDEAO relatives aux renforcement des capacities des Etats membres’.
"It’s an advocacy tool to spur the continent towards effective legislation for the important role statistics play in guiding the development of any economy [read country] on the right path," says Dr. Charles Lufumpa, Acting Director of Research in the ADB and co-chair of the editorial board of the Journal.
Prof. Ben Kirehyera, Chair of the Board of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and co-chair of the editorial Board of the journal cited a number of factors hindering the improvement of statistical systems in Africa including the lack of or limited awareness about the role of statistics to society as well as the weak links between data producers, users and policy makers.
"These inadequacies have translated into inability by national statistical systems to meet the user needs for various purposes including evidence-based public policy analysis and design which requires that public policy decision are informed by careful and rigorous analysis using sound and transparent statistics," he said
Launching the Journal, Uganda’s second Deputy Premier and Public Service Minister, Mr. Henry Kajura Muganwa, said the lack of credible and accurate statistics is a persistent barrier to the much-desired integration of Africa.
"Slow regional integration in Africa is largely hampered by lack of credible data among neighbouring states as some states either withhold data or the data collected is either defective or obsolete," Mr. Kajura said.