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Assessing the National Statistical System in Egypt


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century Program (PARIS21) and the African Development Bank have established a multi-organization team coordinated by PARIS21 upon the request of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). With a number of program consultants, the team carried out a technical needs assessment of the Egyptian Statistical System from 11 to 17 September 2015.

The mission focused on three main areas:  Institutional and legal issues; economic statistics; and social statistics. Draft conclusions and recommendations were presented to CAPMAS senior management in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf Al-Arabi. The assessment report, which will serve as basis for the first strategy for the development of Statistics for Egypt, was prepared and discussed in a national workshop undertaken on 12-13 January 2016 in the presence of a large audience of about 120 participants from national stakeholders.