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Demand for new types of data from stats dept

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: The new data users from civil societies, business community, media and academia are demanding new and more advanced statistical products which include GIS data, according to John Murray Mclntire, World Bank country director for Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda.

Mclntire said that there is a need to reform National Statistical System of Tanzania. The bank intends to respond to increased demand for higher quality official statistics. Hence, it has recently approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of USD 30 million to support the development of the System. The project aims at providing relevant, timely and reliable data for evidence-based policy making in support of the government’s poverty reduction strategy and economic development.

It is also expected to contribute to better governance and accountability by providing reliable, relevant and freely accessible information for the civil society, media, researchers and analysts.

According to him, the World Bank support is part of a larger development programme currently underway to support core reforms, investments in skills and equipment and development of statistical sources, methods, policies and procedures under the Tanzania Statistical Master Plan (TSMP), approved by the government in June 2010.

The estimated cost of the project is USD 64.4 million. It includes USD 10.0 million from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and USD 4.9 million from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through a basket funding arrangement.

Source: thecitizen.co.tz