Session 4a: The National Statistical Office and the National Statistics Act Learning Objectives




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Session 4a: The National Statistical Office and the National Statistics Act

Learning Objectives


At the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Locate and summarise salient features of the Statistics Act of their country.

  • Define the functions of the National Statistical Office as defined in the Statistics Act.

  • Identify the competences of the National Statistical Office from the Statistics Act.

  • Make comparisons of the Statistics Acts of the member states of SADC.

Activities

Activity 1


Watch the PowerPoint presentation on the National Statistical Office and the National Statistics Act and at the end of the presentation answer the following questions:

  1. What is a National Statistical Office?

  2. What does a National Statistical Office produce?

  3. What are Official Statistics?

  4. What are the qualities of Official Statistics?

  5. What is the role of Official Statistics in your country?

Activity 2


Find the Statistics Act of your country using the websites cited at the end of this presentation (Note that these websites applied at the time when this presentation was produced). Study it, familiarise yourself with it and:

  1. Identify the competences of your National Statistical Office from it.

  2. Choose one Statistics Act from any country in the SADC region and compare it with that of your country. Are there any similarities or differences between the two? If there are, what are they? Write a 2 page report on these elements and make a presentation in class.

Sources

These are some of the sources used for this document. Students and trainers may find them useful and an interesting reading.



Websites of National Statistical Offices of SADC member states

  1. http://www.cso.gov.bw/ (Botswana)

  2. http://www.bos.gov.ls (Lesotho)

  3. http://www.nso.malawi.net/ (Malawi)

  4. http://www.gov.mu/portal/sites/ncb/cso/index.htm (Mauritus)

  5. http://www.ine.gov.mz/home_page/ (Mozambique)

  6. http://www.npc.gov.na/cbs/index.htm (Namibia)

  7. http://www.statssa.gov.za/ (South Africa)

  8. http://www.gov.sz/home.asp?pid=75 (Swaziland)

  9. http://www.nbs.go.tz/ (Tanzania)

  10. http://www.zamstats.gov.zm (Zambia)

  11. http://www.zimstat.co.zw (Zimbabwe)

Note: website for the following countries couldn’t be located at the time this session was developed.

    • Angola

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

    • Madagascar (www.instat.mg under construction at the time of preparation of these materials)


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