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Building stronger statistics in Ghana

Statistics Denmark and Ghana Statistical Service is starting a new Strategic Sector Cooperation to strengthen the production of statistics in Ghana

Statistics provide the information needed for policy-makers to make evidence-based decisions; for citizens to form opinions and hold governments accountable; for businesses to make sound decisions; and for researchers to analyse society.

The new Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Statistics Denmark and Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) will focus on building knowledge and expertise in the use of administrative data for statistics production in Ghana. Almost all the data used for statistics production in Denmark derives from administrative records collected for other purposes than statistics i.e. birth and deaths records, student enrolment, taxation, cross border trade, consumer prices, health records etc. These secondary data sources are referred to as administrative data. Administrative data is not yet used in Ghana for statistics production.

The advantage of using administrative records is that they already exist and do not incur additional cost for data collection nor do they impose a further burden on respondents. In Ghana the use of administrative data can significantly improve the quality of national statistics and produce synergies with tax administration and other government agencies, supporting better decisions making, policy advice, and economic performance. The use of administrative data has the potential to improve the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The cooperation between the two statistics institutions will also include trade statistics, quality of statistics, metadata systems as well as dissemination and the use of statistics in society.  

The first phase of the SSC between Statistics Denmark and Ghana Statistical Service will commence in August 2019 and will continue until 2022.

Learn more about the strategic sector cooperation here