It is also expected to, among other things, facilitate coordination and dialogue through innovative “lab” approaches between public sector organizations, private sector and relevant stakeholders to implement government programmes.

Prof Annim said “I must indicate that the relationship (between the GSS and the Ministry)  has not been as strong as I would have preferred. I was expecting a more functional engagement and clarity in terms of  what statistical service does  and what the ministry also does  and this what I really want it clarified.

“First of all, we should understand that statistical service per, the Statistical Service Act  2019 1003 is the only  agency in the country that  designates statistics as a national  statistics . Apart from Ghana Statistical Service any other institution that puts up any number would be considered as experimental and has to go through due process.

“But having said that, we need both sides. There is nothing like a bad statistics but every number should be interrogated in the contest that it has been computed. So moving forward, we are hoping that the Ministry will come to statistical service, which it does but we want to increase regularly because user engagement is our top priority.

“We have had initial discussions on that, but as I said we wanted to have the legal backing first which now we have it.”


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