YAOUNDE, 16 December 2011 – Twenty four statisticians from 12 French-speaking countries of Central and West Africa took part in a UNIDO–organized workshop that ended in the capital of Cameroon today.
The event, conducted under the theme “Industrial Statistics for Development”, was organized together with the National Statistical Office of Cameroon and Afristat. It was part of a UNIDO programme on implementing recent international standards in the field of industrial statistics.
Speaking at the workshop, the Director-General of the National Statistical Office, Joseph Tedou, underlined the importance of industrial statistics given the central role played by manufacturing activities in wealth creation in Africa. He called upon UNIDO to take the lead in mobilizing human and financial resources for the development of industrial statistics in African countries.
During the five-day workshop, participants learned about the recent changes in international standards related to the classification of economic activities, about general industrial statistics and the index numbers of industrial production.
Participants also got acquainted with the statistical activities of UNIDO, including on international data collection and dissemination, technical assistance programmes and the ongoing Africa Investment survey.
The workshop was moderated by international statistics experts representing UNIDO and Afristat.
A recent UNIDO publication, Industrial Statistics – Guidelines and Methodology, served as a major reference for the workshop.
On behalf of the participants, Ms Sajna from the National Agency for Statistics and Demography of Senegal praised UNIDO’s efforts in helping African countries improve their industrial statistics.
The workshop was attended by UNIDO Chief Statistician, Shyam Upadhyaya, UNIDO Representative in Cameroon, Frank van Roompay, and project coordinator, Amadou Boly.
UNIDO holds an international mandate on the collection and dissemination of global industrial statistics. It has helped many developing countries build their technical capacity for producing reliable and internationally comparable statistics.
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