Nepal’s roadmap on statistical development likely by November end

24 Oct 2013

imageParticipants in the meeting jointly organizd by Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), DFID, UNDP and PARIS21, on NSDS.

Kathmandu-- A roadmap to formulate the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) is likely to be prepared by the end of November this year. The roadmap will envision a detailed sketch as to how the NSDS has to be developed in the country which is yet to prioritise a better data and statistical system.

Nepal is among the 17 percent of countries associated with International Development Association which have not formulated their NSDS.

A consultative meeting, jointly organized by Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), DFID, UNDP and PARIS21, on NSDS held in Kathmandu on October 23 discussed the areas that need to be addressed by NSDS.

Experts and government official hope that the formulation of NSDS will help Nepal produced an evidence based policies that would help in the planning and implementation of development programmes.

Presenting a paper at the event, Dr Romulo Virola, international consultant on NSDS representing PARIS21, highlighted on the strategic process of drafting the strategy. In his comprehensive paper, Dr Virola elaborated the fundamental principles and common practices in formulating an NSDS-- starting from an objective analysis of current statistical system followed by a wide range of consultation, participation, inclusiveness and advocacy which finally needs to be owned up by the country-- are the basics of NSDS formulation process.

Not only the government itself but also the donor communities, according to Dr Virola, are keen to have a new NSDS for ensuring evidence-based planning as well as better and harmonized use of resources.

A meeting held in Kathmandu on first week of July had realized the need of NSDS by the government and non-government sector. Once endorsed by the government, the roadmap helps attain formulation of the NSDS on time and ease its implementation.

Rajan Silwal, Director of CBS, presenting a paper, outlined the progress made so far in NSDS Nepal. He said that they have formed a Task Force and discussed the scope and coverage of NSDS. Also the formation of advocacy strategy for the NSDS is also underway, Silwal said.

Director General at the CBS, Uttam Narayan Malla highlighted the rationale behind organizing the workshop and responded to the queries of participants raised during open discussion.

Representatives from the UK Aid, UNDP and members of Taskforce including all senior personnel from the CBS attended the meeting.