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Why does Mauritius need good statistics ? Central Statistics Office LIC Centre - John Kennedy Street - Port Louis - MAURITIUS Tel.: 212 2316 - Fax: 211 4150 - Email: [email protected] Website: http://statsmauritius.gov.mu
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Ye ar 1 1 96 962 Y Ye ar 2 006 Ye ar 2 2 04 046 Better use of better national statistics leads to better Government policies and better development progress which benefits our people . The likely success of Government policies is greatly increased by the use of statistics. Statistics allow our Govern- ment to carry out thorough analysis of complex social and economic issues, to make appropriate policy choices and to monitor and adjust government policies in order to achieve maximum impact over time. Good statistics also improve the transparency and accountability of policy-making. Good statistics enable our people to judge the success of Government policies and to hold Government account- able for its policies. Government is committed to the free flow of information to enable the public to be well informed in order to participate in national development and consolidate democracy. Perhaps the most valuable contribution that statistics can make is to help ensure that our limited resources are used in the best way . Investment in statistics will pay for itself many times over by improving how resources are allocated. Statistics highlight where resources are needed and what impact those resources have had. Good statistics are essential to paint an objective picture of a country’s economic and social condition. Good statistics allow com- parisons with other countries and are the key to effective policy- making. Official statistics are essential in indicating those people and regions in greatest need, and best use of scarce resources in improving health, housing and education. WHY DOES MAURITIUS NEED GOOD STATISTICS ? 2
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In 2006, Government launched a comprehensive and deep reform programme aimed at transforming the country into a competitive and resilient economy and widening opportunities for all. The 2006-07 Budget aimed at “secur- ing the transition from trade preferences to global competition”. The 2007-08 Budget continued “consolidating the transition and securing full employment”. In 2008, Government moved to a Programme-Based Budget (PBB) for 2008-09 with indicative estimates up to December 2010, geared towards “sustainable economic growth, increas- ing quality of life and strengthening nationhood”. This programme requires statistics to help design policies, provide baseline information and track progress. Objectives and indicators will be monitored and will be used in the budget discussion processes, reviews of Government programmes and partnership strategies developed with development partners. But data for many of the key indicators to track progress on specific programmes still need to be developed. Much more remains to be done to develop our statistics.
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