Citizens have been urged to always give accurate information to survey staff to assist the government come up with targeted growth oriented policies that would lead to better lives.
Devolution and Planning CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said good decision making and performance of all sectors of the economy required accurate and quality statistics.
In a speech read on his behalf by Nyeri Central Sub-county Assistant County Commissioner Flora Mukami during 2017’s African Statistics Day Celebrations, Kiunjuri said the government depended on statistical information in shaping growth-oriented policies.
He said all key macro and micro-economic variables including inflation, savings and investments, employment, poverty, social outcome indicators were based on statistics.
According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the day is celebrated on November 18 every year in order to increase awareness on the important role statistics played in all aspects of social-economic development in Africa.
County Statistics Officer Pius Ng’ang’a said the awareness provided an opportunity to advocate for relevance, systematic and increased use of statistics.
The theme for 2017’s celebrations was; Better lives with better economic statistics, which is anchored on the critical role economic statistics played in underpinning economic growth and better lives.
At the same time, the CS announced that mapping of the entire country was ongoing in preparations of 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census.
He said mapping had been partially carried out in West Pokot but had been completed in Siaya, Vihiga, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kisumu and Trans-Nzoia counties.
According to KNBS, the mapping was meant to prepare the ground for the complete count of people in August 2019.
Source: Kenya News Agency