Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 February 2010

Africainfo / A statistical tool for better monitoring of decisions in Africa




Africainfo / A statistical tool for better monitoring of decisions in Africa



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 11, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Commission of the African Union, and the Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), will organize on February 12, a meeting devoted to the establishment of an AfricaInfo statistical database, at the  headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,


AfricaInfo aims at gathering the statistical requirements of the Union, its institutions, its Member States and any other stakeholders across Africa. This tool will monitor the implementation of commitments, decisions and policies undertaken by governments of member states at national, regional, and continental level.


Currently, the production of statistics on the continent is still underdeveloped and unreliable due to insufficient funding. Statistics are irregular making comparisons and accurate analysis on national economic performance difficult to assess. Besides, methods of data collection differ from country to country. To remedy this situation, the Heads of State and Government of the AU adopted, at their 12th summit, the African Charter on Statistics. It acts as an instrument of harmonization and legal framework facilitating the development of statistics in Africa. To this day, the Charter has been signed by 16 member states. The continental organization urges countries that have not yet done so to sign and ratify this important instrument for statistical development in Africa.


The meeting is being convened to develop a roadmap for the effective implementation of AfricaInfo, and agree on funding sources for the system. The meeting will also evaluate the situation of the harmonization of statistics in Africa; ensure that they are a free, reliable, and efficient source of information for all its users, in all key areas for Africa’s development. Eventually, AfricaInfo will assist in the production of more reliable statistics.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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