Company’s Shortchanging Statistical Collation- Mthuli Ncube


Speaking during the commemorations of African Statistics Day in , the Minister of Finance castigated corporates for poor responses to surveys that compromised data collation and economic development planning.

“I am glad to advise that the response rates on household surveys is exceptionally good and always above 90%. However, the period beginning 2005 to date witnessed a decline in responses from companies. When responses are below 75%, that data compromises quality and cannot be used for computation of results that are representative of the situation on the ground.”

Mthuli Ncube however commended the retail sector for timeous response to surveys that had enhanced reportage of the Consumer Price Index.

“Wish to applaud the retail sector from where we collect price data. Ladies and Gentlemen, month in and month out (ZIMSTAT) Zimbabwe Statistical Agency enumerators visit retail outlets to Collect prices for computation of the Consumer Price Index used to calculate Inflation. The gravity of not responding to ZIMSTAT questionnaires can best be seen by the darkness that would engulf the economy if retailers were noncooperative and making it impossible for ZIMSTAT to compute inflation figures.”

Mthuli Ncube further highlighted that the theme for this year’s commemoration is “Strengthening data systems by modernizing the production and use of agricultural statistics; informing policies with a view to improving resilience in agriculture, nutrition, and food security in Africa.”

He Further emphasised the themes centrality as it “highlights the importance of raising awareness on the important role official statistics can play in monitoring the achievement of National Development Strategy 1 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The ZIMSTAT Director General called for the use of statistics in monitoring and managing statistical information for the potential management of Climate Change Mitigation strategies.

“Currently, the world is faced with numerous challenges related to environmental degradation, climate change, food insecurity, pandemics, economic instability and human displacement. Governments must take appropriate action to address these challenges by understanding and monitoring the existing situation through use of relevant and timely data.” The ZIMSTAT Director General Taguma Mahonde said.

The African Statistics Day is celebrated annually on the 18th of November by African statistics enthusiasts to raise awareness on the social, economic, demographic and environmental impacts statistics have on wellbeing of the people.

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