The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) of Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), organized a three-day training to launch Afghanistan's first national strategy for the development of statistics (NSDS). This was PARIS21's first PARIS21 off-site training held in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The NSDS training led by President-General Sher Mohammad Jami Zada of the CSO brougth together Afghanistan government representatives of the ministries of health; education; finance; higher education; agriculture, irrigation, and livestock; and labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled. Participants actively discussed how to strengthen the capacity of the CSO and other actors from the statistical system to lead and contribute, respectively, in the design and implementation of a strategic plan on statistics following the NSDS guidelines.
The NSDS process was formally launch on 7 September 2015, with Afghanistan full commitment to the NSDS process and adherence to the NSDS framework. In the following months, a wider consultation will be conducted with data producers, data users from government, civil society, private sector, academia, and development partners as part of the assessment of the Afghanistan statistical system. These consultations will serve to take stock of the challenges and opportunities facing Afghanistan's national statistical system, its capacity and readiness to respond to the new global development agenda, and the role of statistics in their wider national development strategy. Further meetings and consultations will be done in preparation for the formulation of the NSDS.