Sudan has initiated a plan to develop a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, the first of its kind in the country.
Under the auspices of First Vice President Ali Osman Taha, Sudan’s Central Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday launched a programme aimed at setting the stage for the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for the Sudan (2012-2016).
UNDP in Khartoum said it expected the activities to bring on board all stakeholders in statistical development and address the data gaps for the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of national development, policy frameworks, Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Country Director of UNDP, Mustafa Ghulam, commended the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) for organizing the event, which is pivotal for the successful accomplishment of the formulation of the NSDS.
Emphasizing the need for a national ownership of the strategy during the formulation and subsequent implementation phase, Ghulam said they firmly believed that the process of designing of NSDS should be inclusive, consultative and participatory, reflecting the data requirements of national, state and local level governments, non-state actors at all levels, as well as international development partners.
Through the NSDS formulation exercise, the advocacy, sensitization and dialogue with politicians, policy-makers, decision-makers and planners are believed to be very essential for the preparation of the strategy.
“Having the strategy is one thing, equally important is its subsequent implementation. Thus, getting on board all stakeholders from the outset is crucial for the successful implementation of the strategy,” the Sudanese official said.
Sudan’s representative at the Council of Ministers, Ahmed Kurmino Ahmed, commended the role played by UNDP in supporting the Central Bureau of Statistics in the preparation of NSDS.
“The government is fully endorsing the preparation of NSDS for future evidence-based policy making, planning, monitoring and evaluation,” he stressed.
Ghulam said that, “Sudan is entering a new phase and it is essential that we promote poverty reduction polices. This objective will only be achieved if we have good statistics upon which we can base crafting of future polices and formulation of our National Five Year Plans.”
The Director General of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Dr. Yasin Alhag Abdin, underlined the importance of participation of all stakeholders in formulation and implementation stages of the strategy and called for additional political and financial commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the strategy.
Dr. Yasin further hailed the role played by UNDP in providing technical and financial support to CBS and urged other development partners to continue their support for the development of national statistical system of the Republic of Sudan in a more coordinated manner.
Many countries in the developing world have already embarked on the preparation, as well as implementation phase of their NSDS since the 2004 Marrakech Action Plan in Statistics (MAPS)