The duo - Mr Oliver Fischer of United States Census Bureau and Mr Andrew Nelson of USAID paid a courtesy call to the Acting Deputy Statistician General (STO), Ms Malebogo Kerekang on 6th September, 2018.
Explaining his visit Mr Fischer said his organization provides capacity building for statistical offices across the world.
“We have good partnership with Statistics Botswana which started two years ago” he said.
He further said they are willing to offer Statistics Botswana assistance when it conducts the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
For his part, the Director of Socio Demographic Statistics, Mr Tapologo Baakile told Mr Fischer that they have not moved much on preparations of the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
“Cartography has already started and we have just appointed an Interim Coordinator to put structures together and to start consultations with stakeholders”, he said.
Mr Baakile also pointed out that they will be using CAPI in the upcoming census, adding that gadgets (tablets) will be used instead of the usual paperwork.
“We have also started capacity building and have already identified officers for training as we intend to pilot census in August 2020.
Responding to Mr Baakile `s remarks, Mr Fischer said Malawi and Ethiopia are already using CAPI adding that Statistics Botswana can learn from these countries.
Mr Fisher further suggested that SB can send someone to Malawi to just observe how fieldworkers use CAPI.
“The person should not be of high-level as the Malawians are currently busy with their census”, he said.
The Acting Statistician General, Ms Kerekang said the Malawi benchmarking trip will be discussed further adding that the current SG is a great proponent of benchmarking.
On other issues Ms Kerekang appealed to Mr Fischer that his organization should help SB on its Information Technology infrastructure.
“We are still a new parastatal and we need to be assisted on this mammoth task”, she noted.
During the visit Mr Fisher met with SB staff responsible for Census management/ planning, cartography, data processing and analysis/evaluation. He also had to meet with USAID and UNFPA.