SB welcomes MLGRD MoU signing

Monday, December 17, 2018

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.