Government says it will soon review and revise the current Census and Statistics Act to enhance statistical development in the country.
Finance and National Planning Deputy Minister Jonas Shakafuswa says government will also restructure the Central Statistical Office and increase funding towards the operations of the office.
Mr. Shakafuswa said this when he officiated at a workshop on the compilation of an improved Gross Domestic Product time series for the period 2003 to 2007 in Lusaka today.
Mr. Shakafuswa said statistics play a pivotal role in policy formulation, decision making and evaluation of government programmes and other projects.
He said African governments need timely data for them to plan and monitor economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the living standards of all citizens.
And speaking earlier, African Development Bank Country Manager Vivienne Apopo said her bank is in the process of formulating a statistics support programme that will soon be tabled before the Bank’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Apopo also reiterated the need to integrate the break down of GDP into the routine activities of national accounts in African countries.