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Economy sees 4.7% growth in 2024 first quarter

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The gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2024 indicates exceptional growth in most economic sectors. 

This was highlighted in the capital by the Namibia Statistics Agency at the release of GDP for the first quarter of 2024.

According to the NSA, the domestic economy was estimated at N$59,1 billion during the first quarter of 2024, an expansion of N$5,3 billion from the corresponding quarter of 2023, which was N$53,9 billion.

The domestic economy is reported to be moving in a positive direction, posting growth of 4.7% during the first quarter of 2024.

NSA launches infrastructure development guide

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The recently launched Namibia Land Cover Classification Standard and National Infrastructure Atlas will enable the government and institutions to make informed decisions on infrastructure development around the country.

Namibia has been without a legislated uniform land cover management system since independence. 

The statistics at the regional and municipal levels are incompatible and inconsistent. 

Therefore, the Namibia Statistics Agency launched the Land, Infrastructure, and Atlas statistics. 

NSA completes 2023 Census

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The Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA) has finally completed its 2023 Population and Housing Census fieldwork.

The agency began the process on September 18, 2023, and concluded it with the post-enumeration survey, including the reconciliation field visit on February 14, 2023.

During this period, the NSA dedicated its field staff to collecting vital census data across all 14 regions.

The census journey comprised the pre-enumeration, the enumeration phase, and the post-enumeration.

FAO, NSA host Assessment Findings Workshop

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There is a need to manage and improve the availability, quality, and accessibility of data and statistics pertaining to agriculture and rural populations.

It's against this background that the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Namibia Statistic Agency are hosting a one-day Assessment Findings Workshop on the Development of the Strategic Plan for Agriculture and Rural Statistics in Namibia. 

The agriculture sector remains paramount in developing countries as it plays a critical role in food and nutrition security, employment creation, and increasing income.

NSA will be returning to the households in February

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Officials from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) will be returning to the households in February as part of the final phase of the Post-Enumeration Survey Reconciliation exercise.

The households to be visited are those with persons whose details do not match the information collected during the Census and Post-Enumeration Survey.

The NSA conducted the post-enumeration survey between November 6 and 24, last year, in selected constituencies and enumeration areas.

Deaths from non-communicable diseases on the rise

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Between 2018 and 2021, the death toll rose from 18939 to 24117.

The majority of these fatalities affected males, infants, and the elderly.

This is contained in the second series of mortality and causes of death reports launched by the Namibia Statistics Agency today.

The recorded deaths are attributed to hypertensive diseases in 2020 with 8,8%, while COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in 2021 with 18,6%, followed by HIV and lower respiratory infections.

Lack of timely data fuels policy blindness

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There is a serious need to shorten time lags between the years of producing data.

This was highlighted in the second series of mortality and causes of death reports launched by the Namibia Statistics Agency today.

A lack of data is said to fuel policy blindness and affect national programmes.

Deputy Statistician-General at the Namibia Statistics Agency, Ottilie Mwazi, pointed out challenges of delay encountered during the production of the mortality and causes of death reports.

The recent report only captured data from 2018–2021.

Gov partners work on targeted job creation interventions

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation and its partners are working together to find ways to simplify employment creation and effect broader change in the economy.

The ministry, the Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the updated Social Accounting Matrix (SAM).

The main goal of the Employment Impact Assessment is to assist in the design of targeted interventions that promote more and better job creation for all, including women and youth.