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The Statistical Capacity Building Program of the African Development Bank responds to the needs of AfDB’s regional member countries (RMCs) as well as the Bank’s commitments in support of aid effectiveness, such as the Paris Declaration, the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics (MAPS) and the Busan Plan of Action of the High-Level Forum in 2011.
Under the guidance of Oliver Chinganya, Manager of the AfDB’s Statistical Capacity Building Division, within the Statistics Department (ESTA), the AfDB has developed Statistical Business Register (SBR) Guidelines for African countries. ESTA decided SBRs was a key strategic area in improving economic statistics in Regional Member Countries and that Guidelines should be written and promulgated.
The core team that participated in preparing the Guidelines included Besa Muwele, AfDB Senior Statistician, and Michael Colledge – a statistical consultant with more than 30 years’ experience working for Statistics Canada, the Australia Bureau of Statistics and organizations like the AfDB, OECD and the World Bank. The guidelines, now available in book and electronic formats, were discussed during an AfDB meeting with heads of National Statistical Offices on Sunday, February 16 in Gaborone, Botswana, ahead of the 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development. During the meeting, Besa Muwele and Michael Colledge made a presentation on the Bank’s new SBR Guidelines.
Why are these guidelines so important? “African economic statistics have been criticized and are under scrutiny,” Colledge explains. “One of the areas that can be a source of problems is in the dysfunctional SBR. The Guidelines are invaluable in enabling National Statistical Offices to improve their SBRs.”
When asked to elaborate further, Colledge outlines the following reasons why SBRs are critical to the gathering of economic statistics on the continent: