Speech by Commissioner of Economic Affaires during the opening ceremony of the 2020 African Statistics Day


The African continent celebrates the African statistics day.
Adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union,
this day allows actors of the African statistical system to reflect on the thorny problem of developing and harmonizing the
statistics in Africa.
Statistics is a key element of development. She is at the center of
the implementation of national, regional and continental. At the continental level, statistics are at the heart of the implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063. Statistics serve as a lever for the implementation of regional and national programs of

With its very essential character in the implementation of development agendas, the development of statistics is one of the concerns of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. To this end, the Conference adopted the African Charter on Statistics in February 2009 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and the Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa (SHaSA) in July 2010 in Kampala (Uganda). With the adoption of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2063, the demand for quality and up-to-date statistics has become a priority at national, regional and continental level. Thus, in order to meet this very growing legitimate demand for statistics, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union adopted in January 2018, the revised strategy for the harmonization of statistics in Africa (SHaSA 2 ). SHaSA 2 enables the African Union Commission, the 8 Regional Economic Communities and the 55 African Union Member States, to produce quality and up-to-date statistics for planning, monitoring and evaluation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2063.