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Ghana Statistical Service collaborates with Statistics Denmark to build stronger statistics in Ghana.

Strong statistical data enable policy makers to make evidence-based decisions, just as it allows ordinary citizens and civil society organisations to undertake evidence-based advocacy for change. Ghana conducts censuses and surveys to generate statistics but this is both expensive and time consuming. The strategy of the Ghana Statistical Service is, therefore, to increase the use of administrative data for statistics production in the future.

Administrative data is routine data collected by public/private institutions for purposes other than statistics i.e. births and deaths records, national identification authority’s records, student enrolments, taxation, health records, cross border trade data, consumer prices etc. Since the 1960s almost all data used for statistics production in Denmark were derived from such administrative records.

In 2019, Statistics Denmark and the Ghana Statistical Service entered into a strategic sector cooperation, with the particular purpose to strengthen the generation of official statistics in Ghana through the increased use of administrative data. Other areas of the collaboration include price statistics, trade statistics, the establishment of a statistics databank, statistics quality, as well as metadata compilation.

Strategic Sector Cooperation between Statistics Denmark and Ghana Statistical Service – Phase I

Key achievements

  • Ghana Statistical Service has rebased its consumer price index and extended the calculation from10 to 16 regions.
  • Establishment of a data quality structure to serve as a guide to all data-collecting institutions involved in the production of quality statistics.
  • Statistics Denmark’s trade statistics experts have collaborated with the Trade Statistics Department at the Ghana Statistical Service to compute and publish a Unit Value Index (UVI) for imports and exports for the first time in the history of Ghana.
  • A feasibility study on piping data from Ghana’s Births and Deaths Registry to the Ghana Statistical Service has been concluded, paving the way for the implementation of a data exchange mechanism.


Harrison Ofori

Sector Counsellor, Statistics