What types of Statistics are produced by the NSA?

  • Income and Expenditure Survey
  • Consumer Price Indexes
  • Quarterly Gross Domestic Products
  • Annual National Accounts
  • Tourism Satellite Accounts
  • Transport and Logistics Satellite Account
  • Census undertakings

When was the Namibia Statistics Agency established and what is the core purpose of the Agency?

The Statistics Act, 2011 (No. 9 of 2011) provides the mandate and institutional framework for developing and building a strong Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) for the production and dissemination of Namibian Official Statistics. The NSA was officially established in 2012.

Under the Statistics Act the NSA is the central statistical authority and the central repository for all statistics produced in Namibia. It, inter alia, collects and disseminates statistics and spatial data, educates the public on the use of statistics and spatial data, and designates statistics as official statistics.

Another key mandate of the NSA is to coordinate the National Statistics System (NSS). The NSS comprises statistics producers, respondents, users of statistics, research institutions, and training institutions and their interrelations, inter alia, in compilation, dissemination and use of statistics, research and development of statistical methods and techniques, and the training of statisticians.

Statistical capacity and operations in Namibia was assessed in recent years to be below the average for all countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for most years it is about the same or just below the average for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Namibian statistical capacity and operations are also assessed to be lower compared with other countries with similar levels of national income. Overall the NSA and NSS face some serious weaknesses and threats and compare less than favourably with comparable countries.

Why are statistics Important?

With the passing of the Statistics Act, 2011 (No. 9 of 2011) and the establishment of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), Namibia entered a new era of opportunity for statistical development.

A solid legislative and institutional foundation is now in place to enable the building of a strong and sustainable National Statistics System (NSS) for Namibia which supports the attainment of goals set out in the Namibian Government’s Vision 2030 and Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), as well as the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The strategic intent of the NSA in the current Strategic Plan for 2012/13–2016/17 is to increase and improve the use of statistics in Namibia so as to achieve their potential in contributing towards;

improving evidence-based Government policymaking, planning, monitoring and evaluation to address national, Regional Council, Local Authority and municipal socio-economic priorities meeting the more sophisticated and complex decision-making needs of the business community, and deepening and expanding the knowledge of society at large in order to support public discourse, and in so doing allow communities to become better informed; understand the economic and social dynamics of the nation more fully; make informed social, economic and political choices; and participate actively and productively in all aspects of society.