GBOS Donates to Interior Ministry, Livestock Department

GBOS Donates to Interior Ministry, Livestock Department

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The Gambia Bureau of Statistics recently handed over Information Technology (IT) materials and furniture to the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Livestock at a ceremony held at the premises of the   Bureau, in Kanifing.

The items were donated as part of World  Bank Trust  Fund  for  Statistics  Capacity  Building  under  the  Integrated  Financial  Management  Information  System  (IFMIS).

The move is meant to enhance operations and ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the beneficiary institutions.

At the  handing  over  ceremony, the  Statistician General,   Nyakassi Sanyang,  said the  whole  idea of  providing  support to these institutions emanated  from  the  deliberations  of  the  2012  user /producer  forum  where  all institutions within  the National Statistical System  were  invited  by  GBOS  to  share  with them  the  type  of  data  they  produce, the  methodology applied in  the  collection  process  and  how  these  data  are  processed  and analysed.

He explained further: “Institutions were also requested to share with us the challenges they encounter during the process from data collection to production of results. The  workshop report was reviewed and the management of  the Bureau decided  that  capacity  building  should  be  provided  to  all  the  institutions, but  at different levels.  Today, we are presenting these equipment and furniture to mainly institutions under the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Livestock Service.”

According to him, they are also planning to conduct  other capacity building  activities such  as trainings on  basic statistics and research methodologies, statistical  software (SPSS  and  STATA) and micro-data repository.

The Bureau, he went on, is also negotiating with the University of The Gambia and other service providers to provide these trainings, which he said will be conducted very soon.

Sanyang revealed that they have also recruited an international consultant  to conduct capacity needs  assessment for the entire NSS and  to use the assessment  results to design a 5-year sustainable capacity building  strategy.

“The  challenges  are  faced  by  all  including  the  Bureau, but  as  stated  earlier, it  is our  mandate  to  produce  and  coordinate  for the  availability of all data  required by Government  and  development  partners  and  this cannot  be done in the absence  of capacity. We will therefore continue to endeavour to provide all that is  required for  us  to  fulfill  our  mandate. I wish  to    thank  the  Government  of  The  Gambia  for  providing  support  in  whatever  activity  we embark  on. We  are  indeed  very  grateful  to  the  World  Bank  for  approving  the  Trust  Fund  for  Statistics  Capacity  Building (TFSCB) project  to The Gambia which  is  funding all  these activities.”

by  Hadang  Daffeh