National Development Planning Ministry has revealed that Cabinet approved the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Bill during a meeting in Lusaka.
National Development Planning Public Relations officer Sikabele Chikuba said the bill presented to Cabinet by Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa seeks to establish an effective and efficient National Statistics System that will be responsive to the information requirements of a modern and smart Zambia.
He explained that the 2017 Statistics Bill was drafted to replace what he termed as the outdated 1964 census and statistics Act, cap 127 of the laws of Zambia and will provide for the establishment of a semi-autonomous statistics Agency of Zambian Government.
Chikuba was hasty to state that the semi-autonomous Statistics institution will improve efficiency in statistics production and perceived impartiality, credibility, and transparency of official statistics.
He also noted the bill will improve coordination of the National Statistics System (NSS) by integrating various statistical programmes across government.
“Cabinet has approved the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Bill “Mr. Chikuba said