As Rwanda continues to make a lead a one of the fast developing countries on the African continent, statistics have been a major contribution to the country’s analysis of development policies and focusing on areas of intervention.
Kampeta Sayinzoga, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Secretary to Treasury says that Statistics are part and parcel of Rwanda’s planning process. They help identify the problem, its nature and influence policy formulation.
Kampeta made the remarks as Rwanda joined the rest of the continent to celebrate the African Statistics Day (ASD) with the objective of raising public awareness about the importance of statistics in the economic and social development of the continent.
Since the establishment of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) in 2005, Rwanda has made significant progress in statistical development.
The developed statistics have played an important role in the social economic development, for example substantial statistics capacity has been developed; and social-economic statistics produced to guide policies and programs and use evidence in decision making among others.
Yusuf Murangwa, the Director General of NISR says that developing statistics as indicators in various crosscutting elements of development has seen an increasing relevance of the policies and programs as translated in continuous improvement of wellbeing and lives of Rwandans across the board.
NISR has developed the two National Strategies for the Development of Statistics which coincides with the first Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS1) which pulled out of poverty one million people.
Through the 2nd national statistics strategy that covers (2014/2015-2018/2019), and is yet to be finalized, NISR expects provide a framework to support Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), while building strong foundations for the statistical needs for a middle income country, a status Rwanda is poised to achieve by 2020.