Acknowledging the fundamental importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress for informed policy decision-making and for monitoring the development at the national an Zonal level , the directorate of Somali National Statistics takes pleasure in joining the rest of the world in celebrating on the occasion of world statistics Day.

An event with expert users and producers of official statistics, the Deputy Prime Minister, Director Generals of all the 25 Ministries, representatives from regional authorities, Universities, NGOs and Civil societies participated in round table Conference around the theme “advocating for improved statistical system for planning and policy formulation. Better Data”. The event also featured the presentations of (Importance, Achievements and challenges of National statistics office, History of Statistics and IDPs).

The Deputy Prime Minister, H.E Mohamed Omar Arteh: “it is necessary to strengthen the national statistical system and enhance capacity for sustainable development in order to produce comprehensive set of integrated statistics and provide high quality of information for evidence based decision making, Statistical information is more important than ever before to measure the social, economic and environmental performance of our nation“. He also said “we should take very serious on the importance of reliable data for the country to be on track for not only SDG but also for the National Development Plan, debt relief and other efforts to reduce poverty.

The Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Prof Abdullahi Sheikh Ali: “Acknowledged “the hard work of the Directorate of National Statistics staff and it its primary commitment over the years, including, last year, the collection and processing of Population Estimation Survey (PESS) 2013-2014 and the Somali high frequency survey among others“.

The Director General of National Statistics Mr. Ahmed Elmi Muhumad: mentioned the “difficult task of meeting the growing demand for statistical information”. He also emphasized “the importance of reliable data for National development and decision making.