Office of Statistics Needs more presence in Provinces

By Stacey Yalo, EMTV News, Port Moresby

The PNG National Statistical Office is holding a two-day workshop that began today on appreciating data and statistics in development planning.

National Statistician, Roko Koloma, said NSO is not the only organisation that can provide data and statistics; there are other agencies that can provide specific statistics as well.

While encouraging all stakeholders to continue their partnership in providing vital statistics for policy planning and development, Koloma highlighted the challenges for NSO as the establishment of statistical units in provinces.

The Stakeholder’s Statistical Workshop brought together agencies that highlighted the need for quality statistics vital for policy planning and development.

But National Statistician, Roko Koloma, said NSO is not the only organisation to provide statistics.

A challenge Koloma highlighted was on capacity building in terms of delivering national statistics.

Koloma said NSO is not the only organisation to provide statistics but also public and private agencies like the National Education Department, Internal Revenue Commission and Central Bank and others that can also provide statistics.

Since 2013, NSO has been labelled as a non-functioning office.

The proposed restructure is to improve capacity with accurate statistics and data.

Since 2013, NSO has been labelled as a non-functioning office.

The proposed restructure is to improve capacity with accurate statistics and data.

The National Government’s funding of 15 million kina is timely.

Stakeholders from United Nations, Australian High commission, International Monetary Fund and other agencies highlighted and stressed the importance of quality statistics.

Richard Wild, from the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre, who works closely with NSO for GDP, says improvement is needed for dissemination.

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