ACDP says poor leadership and the gap between the supply and demand for statistical information is the setback t o Africa’s integration and development processes

ACDP Parliament
Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, on the African Charter on Statistics to Parliament for Ratification, Signing and Deposit of the Instrument, Date: 1 December 2021
Speech by ACDP Deputy President, Wayne Thring MP

ACDP says poor leadership and the gap between the supply and demand for statistical information is the setback to Africa’s integration and development processes

“Honourable House Chairperson,

The ACDP acknowledges that statistical knowledge helps one use the proper methods to collect data, employ the correct analysis, and effectively present the results. Statistics is a crucial process behind how we make discoveries in science, make decisions based on data and make predictions.

Furthermore, the ACDP is aware that the African Charter on Statistics is guidedby Member States’ unambiguous and shared vision on the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community adopted in Abuja, Nigeria, in 1991, with the aim of promoting economic, social, cultural, and self-sustained development, as well as integration of African economies.

Jean Ping, the former president of the United Nations General Assembly said, “the use of harmonized and reliable statistics in all fields of political, social, economic and cultural activity is recommended for the monitoring of the implementation of the ongoing integration process in the continent on which African States embarked several years back.

Although there has been significant progress in Africa’s statistical system over the last few years with the advent of several initiatives, it should be pointed out that there is an immense gap between the supply and demand for statistical information needed for development and for the African integration process. For the moment, quality statistical data produced by the African statistical system is virtually inexistent.

It is to remedy this shortfall, which is a setback to Africa’s integration and development processes, that the decision-making organs of the African Union took the historic step to call for the elaboration of an African Charter on Statistics, which will serve not only as a legal instrument to regulate statistical activity but also as a tool for advocacy and the development of statistics in Africa.

Honourable House Chairperson, in supporting the recommendation in this report, the ACDP asserts that of all the challenges Africa faces, the number 1 challenge, is a challenge of poor leadership. Like South Africa, Africa is not without moral, ethical, upright, and intelligent servant leaders. The African electorate must learn to choose these leaders, rather than the corrupt, immoral, self-serving leaders of political parties.

Thank you.”

-ENDS-

Issued by: ACDP Parliamentary Media Office

Media inquiries:
Keeno Petersen, ACDP Parliamentary Media Officer, E-mail: kpetersen@parliament.gov.za or Cell: 073-580-2902

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