The Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Prof Abdullahi Sheikh Ali today leads technical team in the ministry including the Permanent Secretary H.E Abdi Dirshe and Director General of Statistics Mr Ahmed Elmi at a High level task force meeting with the Donors hosted by world Bank in Nairobi.

The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Abdullahi Sheikh Aliand was discussed the current status of the Statistics Office; strategic priorities for the coming 12-18 months; activities/initiatives to improve coordination and resource mobilization; a presentation on findings from the first pilot wave of the Mogadishu High Frequency Survey (MHFS) and an overview of implementation plans for the second pilot wave of the MHFS which will take place in Q4 of this year.

Speaking after the meeting the Minister Said:

We had a very useful and open discussion on current status of the Directorate of National Statistics, The Ministry welcomes the agenda and recognizes it is importancein setting out a vision of data sovereignty, the Directorate of National Statistics (DNS) is the key provider of statistical data requirements for decision makers, and researchers for planning in an effort to address socio-economic development and welfare of the nation”.

The minister emphasized that the statistics office is in the right direction now, good progress has been made in the last three years but still there is need for strengthening the structure of DNS, its Human Resource, Coordination among Producers and Users of statistics, In order to meet the current and emerging demand for data in the country the National Statistical System needs to be strengthened to make it more robust, more transparent and much better coordinated by a well structured, highly professional, strategy focused and IT-driven national statistical agency.

In a separate two day discussion meeting, agreement reached regarding Somali High Frequency Survey with World Bank and Altai Consulting ,the Somalia High Frequency Survey (SHFS) aims to collect socioeconomic, the Project consists of three data collection components: a) Household Survey, b) Market Survey, and c) Exchange Rate survey. The surveys will be implemented using Mobile Data Collection Devices (MDCDs).. Hence, the survey will cover urban and rural areas as well as IDP camps in Somalia.

Our engaging and constructive discussions over the past few days will translate, through our continued joint efforts, into a successful SHFS that will deliver the high quality data so urgently needed to inform the policy agenda and the design of an evidence-based strategy to reduce poverty and foster shared prosperity.