PARIS21, the African Development Bank (ADB), and the UNECA organised a briefing session for Africa-based, English-speaking consultants on 8-11 August 2005 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The objective of this training session was to present the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) approach so that the consultants will be better informed on how to advise countries preparing their NSDS. Each country will lead its own NSDS process and will decide if they need to call on the services of a consultant.

A similar exercise also took place for French-speaking consultants in a two-part meeting held in Dakar in April 2005, for Africa-based consultants and in Paris in June 2005 for European-based, French-speaking consultants.

The selection of consultants participating in this session has been made by a group of PARIS21 Steering Committee members, including the ADB. Participation in the session does not imply that the session convenors will hire the consultants.

Opening Remarks
The Overall Policy Context - PRSP, MDG's, NEPAD etc
Results Based Management and the Case for Statistical planning
The Role of AFRITAC in Statistical Capacity Building
ADB and Statistical Capacity Building
Background to the Formation of SADC
Current initiatives in statistical capacity building in the SADC region
SADC Phase II TFSCB Summary
Summary Presentation of the SADC/WB SCB for Poverty Reduction Strategies
Making the Case, NSDS Essentials and Coverage
NSDS Design Process: Road Maps & Other Preliminaries
Assessment of Current Status of National Statistical Systems
Statistical Legislation and Other Infrastructure
Zimbabwe Experience in Statistical Development
The Statistical Act & the National Statistical System. The Uganda Experience
Visioning & Strategizing exercises
Planning for Implementation, Costing and Funding
Political Commitment and Leadership
The Role of NSDS Consultants