December 16, 2016

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Reliable statistics are essential for development policy formulation: Vice President

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers speech at the meeting of the Committee on Correctness and Accuracy of Statistics.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers speech at the meeting of the Committee on Correctness and Accuracy of Statistics.

VALID and reliable statistics are essential for policy formulation, planning and implementation of undertakings and evaluation of development plans, said Vice-President U Henry Van Thio at a meeting of the Committee on Correctness and Accuracy of Statistics in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address, the Vice-President, who is also the patron of the committee, stressed the need for ensuring the validity and reliability of economic and social statistics that can reflect the real situation in the country as well as the timely collection of data.
He called on ministries and departments concerned to strive for compilation of health, education, forestry and land use statistics, saying that effective policies can be formulated with the help of statistical accuracy and correctness.
He further stressed the need for improving the country’s national statistical database and creating a platform involving all stakeholders that include departments concerned, businesspeople, NGOs and CSOs and the people.
Next, Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win said that the draft of a new legislation to replace the 1952 Central Statistical Authority Act had been sent to Parliament and the policies of National Statistical System had been delivered to ministries concerned.
Works are underway to implement the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics-NSDS through coordination among respective sectors, added the Union minister.
During the meeting, those present reported on measures for the compilation of sector-wise statistics and evaluating them, the acquisition of technology in cooperation with foreign experts and development partners and capacity building of statistical staff.
According to the meeting, the NSDS being implemented by National Account Statistics, Survey Coordination and Statistical Standard, Social and Vital Statistics, Agriculture and Rural Sector Statistics, Energy and Environment Statistics and Trade and Investment Sector Statistics in cooperation with World Bank, ADB and IMF is set for completion this June.

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