The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has launched a new five-year (2020-2024) Corporate Plan aimed at making it more efficient in the collection and analysis of data for effective decision-making by government and various organisations.
The plan sets the stage for GSS to meet the country’s needs and drive evidence-based decision-making and planning by using responsive and timely analysis; and ensuring that all its outputs are produced to international standards and are compiled by competent, motivated staff.
It also highlights the importance of good statistical information and how indispensable it is in today’s changing world, especially for monitoring universally recognised and internationally adopted development agendas – such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union’s Agenda 2063.
Commenting at the plan’s launch in Accra, Government Statistician – Prof. Samuel Annim, said the GSS introduced this plan in a bid to make its statistics – and those of the National Statistical System – meet social and economic demands for national planning; and provide users with trusted integrity in the statistics.
He added that the programme is focused on five strategic goals, namely: building a responsive, capable and motivated human resource that is based on a revised institutional structure; mobilising financial resources and control cost to bridge funding gaps; ensuring full integration of information, communication and technology (ICT) solutions in the operations of GSS; creating an inter-operable, capacitated and resourceful National Statistical System (NSS); and improving the production and use of official statistics for national development and planning.
President of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS), John Pullinger, underscored the need for accurate data as it attracts investors and guides them in which sectors to focus on.
“With the right investment, the National Statistical System can provide regular, robust and coherent statistical information to support evidence-based policy formation and evaluation. This investment must also be further supported by the continued use of new data innovations and statistical methods to complement official statistics,” he said.
He further reiterated that in the era of a Ghana Beyond Aid, it is important for more investment to go into data so as to make informed decisions on policies that will be introduced.
“Sustained investment is needed to ensure that GSS and the National Statistical System is able to provide the statistical information that is relevant to our national context. In an era Beyond Aid, this investment is even more critical.
“Without the right statistical information or the latest statistical information, how will we know that the policy and international development interventions in Ghana are reaching the right people, in the right places, so that no-one is left behind?” he queried.