Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, Dr. Winford Masangala said this during official Launch of 2018 Population and Housing Census 14 Thematic Reports at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
He said data generated by NSO plays a very important role in helping the government is shaping its policies and programs.
Masangala added that providing adequate funding to NSO would help NSO to continue developing other thematic areas which are crucial to the development process of the country.
“The 2018 PHC revealed that the country has young populations that need to be included in the development process of the country. We need to have proper data which will enable the country to invest in key areas of the development of the country in order to help them,” he said.
The Principal Secretary commended all development partners for providing support in the development of 14 of the 17 thematic areas.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative to Malawi, Young Hong said UNFPA’s work in the country continues to support the government’s efforts towards creation of integrated and coordinated data management.
“We strongly believe such a system plan should be fully aligned with the national vision for E-government fully backed by e-governance process and systems in order to ensure cost-effective and sustainable integrated data management between key ministries, agencies, and NSO and institutionalize use of data through the business process in the public sector,” she pointed out.
Hong added that the global big data market size has grown to US$ 138.9 billion in 2020 would grow to US$ 229.4 billion by 2025.
The Country Representative noted that statistics and data are becoming an industry generating millions of jobs globally.
Written By: Tione Andsen-MANA