The former Statistician-General at the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) says Namibia's inability to conduct a census timely may negatively affect planning due to a lack of accurate data.
Dr John Steytler was referring to the cancellation of the census owing to the lack of funds and the outdated household income and expenditure survey which was last conducted six years ago.
The former economic advisor to President Hage Geingob says planning should start at a basic level, targetting vulnerable members of society instead of using a macro-economic modality such as inflation or interest rates, to curb inter-generational poverty.
Dr Steytler says if demographics and economic data sets meet, powerful planning tools can be developed for society.
He says issues such as age profiles, migration patterns, life expectancy, mortality, and fertility ratio's importance cannot be emphasized for long-term planning.
Meanwhile, Economist Salomo Hei of the High Economic Intelligence, says Namibia's inflation will persist for the next foreseeable months.
Hei also says Namibia's currency is undervalued mainly due it's pegging with the South African rand, which in turn increases the cost of living and inflation.
The duo were speaking at a function meant to shed light on inflation and demographics in the capital.