Survey to track impacts of COVID-19 on local economies begins

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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB) is conducting a survey to track the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 on individuals, households, localities and the national economy.

The survey dubbed “Local Economy Tracker” begins from 28th May to 20th June, 2020. The Local Economy Tracker will gather data on the preparedness and resilience of the local economies to withstand the shock brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Local Economy Tracker is one of the three surveys being conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service and development partners on socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus disease. The other two surveys are the Business Tracker and the Household and Job Tracker.

The Local Economy Tracker is a nationally representative sample survey which involves focus group discussions made up of opinion leaders. The outcome of the Local Economy Tracker will enable government and development partners come out with measures to alleviate the impact of the disease on individuals, households and localities.

Commenting on the survey, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician noted that results from the survey will inform policy directions in supporting the extremely poor and vulnerable households and safeguarding progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Ghana Statistical Service wishes to assure the general public that information provided by individuals, households and localities will not be disclosed to anyone or entity in any form.

The data collection does not require payment of money, and under no circumstance should anyone be required to pay any amount to any person.

The Ghana Statistical Service therefore counts on the cooperation of the general public by giving out accurate information and the media to also give massive reportage to ensure the success of this national exercise.

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