GIS - 18 November, 2013: Mauritius is working towards meeting the highest and even more stringent tier of the International Monetary Fund’s Data Standard initiatives that is the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDD) Plus following the subscription of Statistics Mauritius, in 2012 to the SDDS, a global benchmark for disseminating macroeconomic data to the public.
The Chairman of Statistics Board Mauritius, Mr J. Gilbert Gnany, made this announcement today at the opening of a half-day workshop at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis, on the occasion of the 2013 African Statistics Day celebrated every year on November 18 to increase awareness on the important role that statistics play in Africa.
The theme chosen this year is: Quality Data to support African Progress with a view to draw attention on the importance of quality statistics for evidence based decision making in all aspects of socio-economic development processes.
Mr Gnany said that the adherence of Mauritius to the SDDS Plus is voluntary and opened to all SDDS subscribers targeting particularly economies with systemically important financial sectors. He pointed out that Statistics Mauritius has also embarked on a learning and collaboration process with its fellow African counterparts in the spirit of mutual sharing of expertise, technical assistance and policy learning. The recent one being with the Seychelles, he added, where both countries have been sharing insights and experience towards the Seychelles’ accession process to the IMF SDDS.
For her part the Director of Statistics, Ms. L. F. Cheung Kai Suet, emphasised on the crucial role of statistics for both the social and economic aspects of life. She also underlined that it is imperative that the quality of statistics produced rest on strong foundations and be of high quality, and credible. According to her, good data should be readily accessible to a broad range of users and in this vein she enumerated various projects being undertaken by her organisation to meet higher standards.
The half-day workshop is serving as platform for the different stakeholders to interact and share best practices which will serve as feedback for Statistics Mauritius to improve the relevance and readability of its services to serve better the stakeholders. A presentation was made on the key results of Census 2011 and the Household Budget Survey 2012 as well as quality initiatives in line with the 2013 African Statistics Day theme.
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