KNBS to review statistics Act

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNSB) has plans of reviewing the Statistics Act 2006 to enable it come up with a strong legal framework for production and coordination of official statistics.

Bureau Board Chairman Kenneth Mburu said the review process is awaiting cabinet and parliament approval, adding that the purpose of the review is to come up with an Act that is in conformity with the constitution.

We are optimistic that better lives will be achieved through better policies formulated from high frequency, reliable, consistent and timely statistics, said Mburu.

Speaking Friday during the celebrations to mark the 2017 African Statistics Day at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the Chairman thanked World Bank and other development partners for their financial support.

He said the support has assisted in undertaking statistical programmes, benchmark surveys and census activities.

The annual event, which is marked on 18th November, gives the African Statistical Community to raise public awareness on the importance of statistics in all aspects of social and economic life.

The Chairman announced that the Bureau was certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System on 27th September 2017, but was still awaiting the certificate which was being processed by the certification body.

Speaking at the same event, Devolution and Planning CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said the government would provide the required resources to enable the relevant offices come up with quality statistics.

The government will provide support in terms of funding and personnel to KNBS to ensure quality statistics, he added.

Kiunjuri noted that statistics were vital as they provided a basis for nations, firms, households and citizens to make decisions as well meeting their goals and targets.

The CS asked politicians to be conscious of their actions and utterances as they may affect economic growth.

All individuals must respect the right of others and follow the Constitution, he said.

In his remarks, the Principal Secretary for State Department of Planning and Statistics Irungu Nyakera congratulated KNBS for collecting county economic statistics, noting that it would help Kenya in realizing Vision 2030.

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with key data producers in an attempt to enhance the quality of our products, said Nyakera, adding that the KNBS certification demonstrates that the Bureau is committed to meeting its customers’ needs and satisfaction.

Source: Kenya News Agency