Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLGRD) has always been and continues to be a key stakeholder in the production of statistics in Botswana, particularly with respect to the undertaking of the Population & Housing Census, says Statistics Botswana (SB) Statistician General Dr Burton Mguni.
Speaking during the launch of MLGRD Sector Strategy for the Development of Statistics (SSDS) and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both organizations on the 7th December 2018 in MLGRD Kgotla, Dr Mguni said the signed MoU serves to provide greater clarity on the relationship of both parties and enhance opportunities to leverage on the available resources to ensure the delivery of the 2021 Population & Housing Census and other statistical work.
He said National Statistical System (NSS) strategy which is also called the Botswana Strategy for the Development of Statistics (BSDS) has adopted a framework of ensuring that sectors/Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDA’s) develop their sectoral statistical systems which serve as building blocks for development of the NSS Statistics strategy, adding that these have been done by enrolling various sectors including the MLGRD Sector amongst others.
SG further stated that the demand for good statistics is increasing because of the development initiatives, such as Vision 2036, National Development Plan, Africa Agenda 2063 as well as the Sustainable Development goals which require high-quality statistics for monitoring and evaluating of the progress being made.
“Such monitoring and evaluation requires data and the relevant data can only be best produced by those doing or are close to those doing the work targeted towards achieving the Goals of these sustainable development agenda”, he said
He assured the MLGRD of SB continued commitment in support of implementation of the SSDS as well as the MoU through provision of technical advisory services towards the development of the sectoral statistical system.
For this part, MLDRG permanent Secretary Mr Boipelo Khumomatlhare said statistics are vital source of evidence as they provide the leadership and policy makers with clear and objective numerical data on all aspects of our lives and the state of our country, including the growth and characteristics of our population, economic performance, levels of health and the condition of our environment.
“Without these, we cannot make well informed decisions that will catalyze our social and economic development and transform the future”, he explained.
He said his Ministry SSDS feeds into the Botswana Strategy for the Development of Statistics which its ultimate goal is to have an integrated, harmonized, coordinated and coherent system which shall ensure unified data production processes, to effectively support the broader NSS.