ASSD Concept key note

ASSD Concept key note

Concept Note



“Strengthening basic economic statistics for the compilation of national accounts in Africa


1.    Background and justification


The first six Africa Symposia on Statistical Development (ASSDs) were launched in January 2006, and they focused on the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses. Since then, all but four African countries have successfully undertaken the censuses. The last five ASSDs have made a big push for the development of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Africa. It is important to assemble representatives of all major national stakeholders in the compilation of basic economic statistics to harness the achievements of population censuses and civil registration in support of national accounts compilation and development in Africa. These include National Statistical Offices (NSOs), economic and finance ministries, and central banks, as well as representatives of regional, pan-African and international organisations, as well as development partners.


The 11th Africa Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) that was held in Libreville, Gabon from 23 to 25 November 2015 adopted a resolution that shifted its focus area from Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems to economic statistics and national accounts for the next five symposia beginning in 2016.

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