The African Centere for Statistical Training known as PANSTAT was created in January 2013 by the African Union Summit of Heads of States and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has its headquarters in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire. The creation of the Center responds to the need to strengthen the statistical capacity of the ASS. Its mission includes among others the following :
- To strengthen the capacity of AU Member States through practical training of statisticians in order to :(a) collect, analyze, and disseminate statistics; and (b) produce statistics at an opportune time and of a quality that can be used to plan economic and social development and the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the development plans and programs;
- To help Member States that are in need, to establish or strengthen their capacity for statistical training and other related activities.