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SPEECH BY THE CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF DEVOLUTION AND PLANNING, HON. MWANGI KIUNJURI, EGH, MGH, DURING THE AFRICAN STATISTICS DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD AT KICC ON 17th NOVEMBER, 2017

SPEECH BY THE CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF DEVOLUTION AND PLANNING, HON. MWANGI KIUNJURI, EGH, MGH, DURING THE AFRICAN STATISTICS DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD AT KICC ON 17th NOVEMBER, 2017

Fellow Cabinet Secretaries,
Mr. Irungu Nyakera, PS State Department of Planning,
Principal Secretaries present,
KNBS Board of Directors,
Director General, KNBS
Representatives of Development Partners,
Representatives from other institutions,
Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

• It is a great pleasure for me to join you this morning as we mark this year’s African Statistics Day.
• This is a day that was set aside by Ministers of Planning in Africa and is observed annually.
• The day is celebrated in order to increase awareness about the important role statistics play in all aspects of social and economic development in Africa.
• This awareness provides an opportunity to advocate for systematic and increased use of statistics for evidence-based decision making, with a view to enhance the relevance of statistics.
• The theme of this year’s African Statistics Day celebrations is “Better lives with better economic statistics”.
• This theme is anchored on the critical role economic statistics play in underpinning economic governance that leads to economic growth and better lives.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
• Evidence-based decision making requires accurate, timely and relevant statistics.
• Monitoring and evaluating progress towards nationally agreed targets under the Kenya Vision 2030 and international priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
• The economic pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030 among others focuses on:
o Tourism,
o Trade,
o Manufacturing,
o Financial Services,
o Infrastructure, Agriculture and
o Business Process Outsourcing IT enabled services.
• Availing statistics for these kinds of development priorities is therefore key in pointing out the effectiveness of our interventions.
• As you know, the Ministry is in the process of finalising the Third Medium Term Plan (2008-2022) and Sector Plans to guide implementation of the country’s long-term development strategy, Kenya Vision 2030 and the SDGs.
• The statistics generated by KNBS have been critical in enabling Government evaluate achievements made and benchmarks upon which such plans are anchored.
• Performance of all sectors of the economy, including the enablers, can only be achieved through quality statistics.
• For this reason, the Government will endeavour to avail adequate resources to support the production and management of statistics.

Ladies and Gentlemen, LIVES FOR THE PEOPLE
• The importance of correctly interpreting and using economic information for planning and policy design cannot be overemphasized.

• All key macroeconomic variables such as:
o national accounts,
o savings and investment,
o employment,
o interest rates, inflation and
• microeconomic variables such as:
o poverty,
o inequality,
o social outcome indicators, etc. are based on statistics.

• It is such concrete statistics that enable effective and meaningful design of public programs.

• To support development of economic statistics, the Government has benefitted from the Kenya Statistics programme for Results (KSP for R), a World Bank project that is facilitating the Bureau to produce better and more accessible data to inform policy makers.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
• I am happy to note that the Government, through the KNBS, has concluded data analysis of the Kenya Integrated Household Survey (KIHBS).
• The Survey is the second to be conducted in the country and the first budget survey under our devolved system of government.

• The main objective of the Survey was to provide:
o poverty/welfare estimates,
o updated labour force indicators,
o household income and other key socio-economic indicators critical in assessing the country’s development progress.
• The survey will produce Reports such as:
o Basic Kenya Integrated Household Survey (KIHBS) Report,
o Report on the Well-Being in Kenya and
o The Labour Report.
• The reports are undergoing peer review, as a best practice, and will be launched soon.
• The survey contains a lot of disaggregated information and further detailed analysis will be undertaken in future on various thematic areas.
• As you are also aware, KNBS is charged with the responsibility of undertaking the Kenya Population and Housing Census after every 10 years.
• The Census provides statistics on key demographic variables that are important for socio-economic planning for development. Preparations for the 2019 Census are currently underway.
• Mapping of the entire country is ongoing and has been completed in Siaya, Vihiga, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kisumu and Trans-Nzoia Counties.
• It has also been partially carried out in West Pokot County. I therefore appeal to all Kenyans to support this major exercise.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
• I wish to recognize the continued statistical support we have received from our development partners over the years.
• I request the development partners to continue supporting statistical activities in the country and to help us meet the expanding demand for statistics.
• I take this opportunity to pay gratitude to our partners, particularly:
o African Development Bank, DfID, FAO, IMF, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), World Bank, USAID, SIDA and other bilateral and multilateral development partners that have supported us in the field of statistical capacity development and planning.
• My appreciation also goes to all Kenyan households, enterprises, the private sector and civil society for their cooperation in provision of data.
• In conclusion, My Ministry takes note of the important role played by the media in informing the public on the results and developments in the statistical fields, and urge you to continue reporting objectively.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
• I now officially launch this year’s Kenya African Statistics Day celebration.
• Together let us celebrate the 17th African Statistics Day!

Thank you