INTERVIEW | Alex Shimuafeni on progress of nationwide enumeration

Yesterday, September 24, 2023, was designated as the Reference Night for the fourth Population and Housing Census.

This means that all people who find themselves in the country on that day will subsequently be counted in relation to the household where they spent the night.

News anchor Ndapewa Ambambi spoke to Statistician-General Alex Shimuafeni to provide insights into the progress and significance of this important nationwide enumeration.

NSA ready for census

The Namibian Statistics Agency says it is ready to conduct the Population and Housing Census.

NSA's Stastician General Alex Shimuafeni explains who will be counted during the Census Reference Night of the 24th.

NSA gears up for 2023 Census

Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA) Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni is confident that the 2023 Population and Housing Census will be less prone to errors than ever.

Shimwafeni says the NSA will deploy a digital enumeration system for the first time this year.

The NSA continued its information-sharing engagements at a media briefing held in Swakopmund.

The Statistician General, Alex Shimuafeni, says the digital system will also reduce the waiting period for survey results.

Namibia's GDP increases

Namibia's Gross Domestic Product improved by 4,6% in 2022, compared to 3,5%, witnessed in 2021.

The annual national accounts were revealed during an Economic Statistics Workshop at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.

The GDP for 2022, measuring the size of the economy, is estimated at N$206,2 billion, compared to N$183,9 billion, recorded in 2021.

That equals a GDP expansion of N$22,3 billion over the year, thanks to improvements recorded in primary, secondary, and tertiary industries. 

Census back after a year of postponements

The Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA) will, after a year of postponements, conduct the population and housing census between August and October this year.

This was revealed by the NSA's Chief Executive Officer, Alex Shimuafeni, during a media conference.

After two postponements last year, the NSA says it is currently busy testing the data collection applications in the Zambezi, Erongo, Kunene, Ohangwena, Hardap, Omusati, and Kavango West regions.

Namibia needs to raise public awareness of statistics in the agricultural sector

Namibia needs to raise public awareness of statistics in the agricultural sector, as they are useful for planning, monitoring, and evaluation purposes.

These were the sentiments shared by various speakers at the commemoration of African Statistics Day.

Agriculture offers significant opportunities and solutions for inclusive and sustainable economic growth, as well as creating decent employment and wealth.

To achieve this, the country needs to prioritize the modernization of agricultural statistics and the identification of data sources.

Namibia crafts National Land Cover Classification Standard

Namibia is crafting its National Land Cover Classification Standard, which once promulgated, will empower government institutions to make better decisions based on the concept of evidence.

At present, Namibia does not have a promulgated uniform land cover management system and those that exist at regional and municipal levels are often incompatible and inconsistent. 

Economic statistics critical for decision making of policymakers and implementers

The Namibia Statistic Agency has underlined the importance of economic statistics as a critical tool for supporting the decision-making of policymakers and implementers.

Statistician-General Alex Shimuafeni made the remarks at the ||Kharas Regional stakeholder workshop on economic statistics held at Keetmanshoop.

NSA facilitated the workshop to create awareness of the different economic indicators it produces and its use thereof.

The agency has embarked on a drive to host similar workshops countrywide to enhance the use of economic statistics.