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Ghana Statistical Service visits Denmark

On August 17-22, a 9-member delegation from the Ghana Statistical Service led by the Government Statistician Prof. Kobina Annim paid a very successful and impactful visit to their counterparts in Denmark, Statistics Denmark, to formalise their strategic sector cooperation. Included in this delegation were officials from the Births and Deaths Registry, National Identification Authority, Ghana Immigration Service, and Ghana Police Service. This visit gave the two Government Statisticians the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices that will help the cooperation.

“This is a cooperation we are happy to be part of as an institution. We really want to collaborate with Ghana Statistical Service to exchange ideas and complement each other in the development of our national statistics,” the National Statistician of Denmark, Jørgen Elmeskov said.

“This Collaboration has come at a critical time when the Ghana Statistical Service is planning on using administrative sources of data collection instead of the traditional, old and expensive way of data collection, also when the rebasing of our consumer price index is greatly desired,” said the Government Statistician of Ghana, Prof. Kobina Annim.

The delegates were very excited about the depth of knowledge acquired and very enthusiastic about implementing the best practices explored in helping Ghana build a strong statistical institution. The delegates were of the view that the level attained by Statistics Denmark in gaining the confidence and trust of the citizens of Denmark did not happen overnight. Rather, they believed strongly that it would be possible for the Ghana Statistical Service to achieve the same level of confidence from the Ghanaian population if all Ministries, Departments and Agencies worked together closely with them.

Experts took turns to take delegates through the strategic aspects of collection and usage of administrative data and its pros and cons, including using administrative data for population statistics and business registration. Delegates were also provided with insights on data collection methods and data security amongst many others. These sessions were highly engaging as the Ghanaian delegates sought clarification and insights as to how to implement this in Ghana. The team from Statistics Denmark pointed out the need for good collaboration with public and private institutions in obtaining accurate statistics.

Given the level of enthusiasm of the Ghanaian delegation and the expected benefits to be derived from this new sector cooperation, significant improvements in the management data and production of statistics by the Ghana Statistical Service are expected.

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