Access to data hampers operations: Mwazi

Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) Deputy General Statistician Ottilie Mwanza said, lack of access to data is hampering the agency's operations as sometimes it does not have information required by development planners or other projects.

Mwanza made these remarks on Wednesday during NSA Education Stakeholders Workshop on Sustainable Development Goal Four under the theme Towards Better Data and Quality Education in Namibia which took place in Windhoek at a local hotel.

She said the agency main objective is to provide information to different institutions which is mainly used for planning purposes, and when certain institutions are doing development plans, they first approach NSA for data collections but then NSA might not be in position of such data because they did not get it from institutions that supposed to provide it.

We need to have data access, because sometimes development planners expect us to have certain information but then we might also not have it and it hampers our operations. Sometimes we are also expected to do international reporting and as a country you don't report in isolation, institutions like UNESCO don't send questions to the ministries but to us and we need to reply to those questionnaires timeously, said Mwanza.

She added that lack of access to data also hampers the support a country supposed to get from other countries, because as country, Namibia supposed to update its data internationally and other countries will support it with whatever support it needs depending on data provided.

Source: Namibia Press Agency