The first session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (Statcom-Africa) was held in UNECA headquarters in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, 21 January. This is an historic event for the African statistical community and also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of UNECA.
Among other recommendations emerging from this meeting, participants urged African countries to mainstream statistics into national planning and to design an NSDS and recognised the donors' key role in funding statistical development.
The next session of Statcom-Africa is scheduled for 18-22 January 2010 in Addis-Ababa.
Several media organisations reported on this event. Links to their articles are below: