Stats vital for SDGs

Statistics is vital for measuring Sustainable Development Goals.

Data collected gives clear development indicators, shows where a country stands and how well they are performing in terms of achieving the SDGs like poverty eradication and life expectancy rates.

In developing countries like PNG, accurate and reliable statistics systems barely exist and struggle to measure many of their indicators, many times using proxies to give estimates, says the National Statistical Office.

NSO says they and the government have a lot of work to do to improve the country’s administrative data.

Institutions like Health and Education departments, whose responsibilities require recording large data like student enrolments annually, should have trained officers on the basics of collecting, compiling and analysing statistics.

This will solve the problem of irregular statistics in the country.

Carolyn Ure