The Government unveils new ZamStats Board of Directors, receives over 2000 bicycles for Census

Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme has unveiled the Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) Board and officially received over 2000 bicycles worth $268,471 towards the Census undertaking.

Under the 2018 Statistics Act, which became operational on 6th September 2019 among others, provides for the establishment of the board of the agency and its functions, reconstitution of the central statistics office into the Zambia Statistics Agency.

The Minister said the unveiling of the board of directors represented a significant milestone in the government’s statistical reform programme.

Mr. Chiteme further said that the unveiling of the first ever board signified the beginning of a new era in the development of integrated national statistics and an enhanced coordination and dialogue in the production, dissemination and use of official statistics.

“The appointed board will enhance a society of knowledge which will anchor its policies and decision-making on a strong statistical foundation, “he said.

He urged the new board members to acquaint themselves with the Statistics Act and the operations of the agency and to support the undertaking of the 2021 Census of Population and Housing slated for November, 2021.

Mr Chiteme urged the board to implement the Act which called for the full restructuring of the organisation and the speedy implementation of the second national strategy for the development of statistics, 2021 -2025.

And Board Chairperson Charles Mpundu said the appointed board has all the credentials it needed to do the work and that the team is equal to the task.

Mr. Mpundu assured the government that the board will execute the mandate of the government as expected.

The minister named the board members as Mr. Charles Mpundu Chairperson, and Board Members as Dr. Jeremiah Banda, Ms Bwalya Salamu, Mr. Isaac Muhanga, Mrs. Patricia Mulenga, Dr. Chitalu Chiliba, Mr. William Mayaka, Mrs Elizerbeth Musukwa, and Mr. Charles Band.

At the same event, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative Gift Malunga commended government’s commitment to improving the national statistical system as demonstrated by the enactment of the Statistics Act of 2018.

Ms. Malunga said the role of the statistics in the country’s development trajectory cannot be over emphasized.

And UNFPA has donated over 2000 bicycles towards the Census exercise in November.

“It is in this regard that I hereby reaffirm UNFPA’s Support to the Census undertaking. Building of previous support provided to ZamStats, am very happy to officially handover 2,110 bicycles towards Census.

And in receiving the donation, Minister of Development Planning thanked UNFPA for the gesture as it will add to the required 20,000 bicycles for the census exercise.

Mr. Chiteme explained that a shortfall of 17, 505 bicycles are required for the census exercise and hence appealed to other cooperating partners and the private sector to support the census.

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