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NBS NEWS LETTER

ISSUE NO: 28 DATE: AUGUST, 2017

SDGs 2030: ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS


Issue NO: 28 Date: AUGUST, 2017

GEOPOLL STATISTICS WANTING IN QUALITY, SAYS NBS

NBS Director General Dr. Albina Chuwa briefs the media about the statistics produced by GeoPoll
company on television viewers and radio listeners which according to NBS, those statistics are not official
as they do not comply with the Statistics Act No. 9 of 2015. The Press conference was held in Dar es
Salaam.

THE National Bureau of statistical information was not established methodologies and
Statistics (NBS) has produced in accordance with standards for the production of
categorically rejected statistics the procedures laid down official statistics.
released by an independent under of the Statistical Act
Company, GeoPoll, saying the No. 9 of 2015, such that the NBS would like to inform the
content is not official statistics firm violated sub-section 20 general public and interested
as its production does not meet of the act. statistical stakeholders that the
the minimum standard statistics produced by GeoPoll
requirements. Addressing reporters in Dar es Company on radio listeners and
Salaam, the NBS Director television viewers is not official
The statistics released by General, Dr. Albina Chuwa, statistics as the company failed to
GeoPoll Company was on said the GeoPoll Company observe the methodologies and
radio listeners and television has continued to produce standards stated in the Statistics
viewers. statistics on radio listeners and Act No. 9 of 2015, said Dr.
television viewers without Chuwa.
NBS said the released-- complying with the--

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Dr. Chuwa further elaborated that NBS would like to inform The Statistics Act that
production of official statistics the general public and
needs certain levels of seriousness
NBS has the mandate to
interested statistical collaborate with
and observation of a strict stakeholders that the
protocol; as such the government,
statistics produced by stakeholders in the
through the Ministry of Finance processing, production
and Planning, has mandated NBS GeoPoll Company on radio
to be the statistics authority in the listeners and television and dissemination of
country. viewers is not official official statistics as well as
statistics as the company providing guidance to
She said it was on the basis of the failed to observe the individuals, institutions,
Statistics Act that NBS has the methodologies and
mandate to collaborate with standards stated in the
and agencies who want to
stakeholders in the processing, Statistics Act No. 9 of conduct statistical
production and dissemination of research that will produce
2015, said Dr. Chuwa.
official statistics as well as
providing guidance to individuals, official statistics.
institutions, and agencies who
want to conduct statistical research
that will produce official statistics.

The NBS boss advised GeoPoll


management to seek technical
guidance and advice from the
Bureau so as to comply with the
Statistics Act in the production of
radio listeners and television
viewers statistics.

The Statistics Act of 2015 does not


prohibit anyone from processing
and producing statistical
information but they must do so NBS Director General Dr. Albina Chuwa (center) briefs the media
after consulting with NBS for about the statistics produced by GeoPoll company on television
viewers and radio listeners which according to NBS, those statistics
technical advice and ensure that are not official as they do not comply with the Statistics Act No. 9
they adhere by the established of 2015. The Press conference was held Dar es Salaam.
methodologies and standards.

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Issue NO: 28 Date: AUGUST, 2017

TANZANIA EXCELS IN STATISTICAL CAPACITY AMONG SUB-


SAHARAN AFRICAN NATIONS, WB REPORT SHOWS

Tanzania has been ranked assessing guidelines and


second, behind South Africa For every dimension, a country procedures used to compile
in statistical capacity among is scored against specific macroeconomic statistics and
Sub-Saharan African nations. criteria, using information social data reporting and
This is according to the available from the WB, IMF, estimation practices by
World Bank (WB) 2016 UN, UNESCO, and WHO. looking at an updated
Statistical Capacity Indicator national accounts base year,
(SCI). A composite score for each use of the latest Balance of
dimension and an overall score payment, external debt
WB has been assessing combining all three dimensions reporting and IMFs Special
national statistical capacity in are derived for each country on Data Dissemination Standard
developing countries since a scale of 0 - 100. A score of and enrolment data reporting
2004 and has produced 100 indicates that the country to UNESCO.
overall SCI score as well as meets all the criteria.
scores for three categories, On source data, this measures
The statistical methodology
Methodology, Source Data data collection activities in
aspect measures a countrys
and Periodicity. Regional line with internationally
ability to adhere to
overall and specific category recommended periodicity,
internationally recommended
SCI are also produced to and whether--
standards and methods, by --
allow for comparison.

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data from administrative systems The statistical WB has been


are available and reliable for
methodology aspect assessing national
statistical estimation purposes
and periodicity of population and measures a countrys statistical capacity
agricultural censuses, the ability to adhere to
periodicity of poverty and health internationally
in developing
related surveys, and
recommended countries since
completeness of vital registration
system coverage. standards and 2004 and has
methods, by assessing produced overall
The third aspect concerned with guidelines and
the periodicity and timeliness
SCI score as well
looks at the availability and procedures used to as scores for three
periodicity of key socio- compile categories,
economic indicators of which macroeconomic
nine are MDG indicators. statistics and social
Methodology,
data reporting and Source Data and
Tanzania scored 90 percent for
periodicity, 80 percent for source estimation practices by Periodicity.
data and 50 percent for looking at an updated Regional overall
methodology which, contributed
to an overall SCI of 73.3 percent.
national accounts base and specific
Although this overall score ranks year, use of the latest category SCI are
Tanzania as second behind South Balance of payment, also produced to
Africa (82.2%) there is still room external debt reporting
for improvements, especially in
and IMFs Special
allow for
methodology. comparison.
Data Dissemination
The National Bureau of Statistics Standard and
(NBS) is committed to enrolment data
continuing strengthening of the
National Statistical System. reporting to
UNESCO.

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Issue NO: 28 Date: AUGUST, 2017

AUGUST INFLATION RATE DROPS TO 5.0 PERCENT

NBS Director of Population Census and Social Statistics, Ephraim


Kwesigabo briefs the media about Consumer Price Index figures for
August, 2017 in Dar es Salaam. Right is Ruth Minja; Environmental
Statistics Manager.

The headline inflation rate for The CPI for August, 2017 were rice which decreased
August, 2017 has further has decreased to 5.0 percent by 1.2 percent, maize grains
decreased to 5.0 percent from compared to 5.2 percent by 1.2 percent, maize flour
5.2 percent recorded a month recorded a month earlier. The by 1.6 percent, dried
earlier. inflation rate has decreased sardines by 3.4 percent,
by 0.4 percent compared to vegetables by 1.2 percent,
Addressing reporters in Dar es decrease of 0.2 percent beans by 3.2 percent,
Salaam when releasing the recorded in July, said potatoes by 3.5 percent and
Consumer Price Index (CPI) Kwesigabo. cooking bananas by 2.4
for August, 2017, the Director percent.
of Population Census and He said the overall index has
Social Statistics of the decreased to 108.46 in On the other hand, non-food
National Bureau of Statistics August from 108.85 recorded items that contributed to
(NBS), Mr Ephraim in the previous month. The such decrease were diesel
Kwesigabo, said the speed of decrease of the overall index which decreased by 2.2
price change for commodities was mainly attributed to percent, petrol by 2.4
in August has decreased price decrease of food items. percent and electronic
compared to the speed of price equipments by 1.6 percent.
change recorded in July, 2017 Some food items that
by 0.2 percent. contributed to such decrease- The inflation rate for food--

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Movement of National Consumer Price Indices (NCPI) and Inflation


Rates from August, 2016 August, 2017. (Dec, 2015 = 100)

consumed at home and away


from home dropped to 9.1
percent in August from 9.3
percent recorded a month
earlier while the 12 month
index change for non-food
products has stagnated at 3.1
percent in August as it was
recorded in previous month.

The inflation rate which


excludes food and energy for
August, 2017 has decreased to
1.8 percent from 2.2 percent
recorded a month earlier.

The purchasing power of 100 NBS Director of Population Census and Social
Tanzanian Shillings has Statistics, Ephraim Kwesigabo, briefs the media
reached TZS 92 and 20 cents in about Consumer Price Index figures for August,
August, 2017 compared to TZS 2017 in Dar es Salaam.
91 and 87 cents recorded in
July, 2017.

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Issue NO: 28 Date: AUGUST, 2017

NBS TRAINS SUPERVISORS OF 2016/2017 ANNUAL AGRICULTURE SURVEY

NBS Regional Statistical Managers (RSM) and other Supervisors of the 2016/2017 Annual
Agricultural Survey following the proceeding sessions during their training which was
conducted in Morogoro region.

The National Bureau of Addressing the supervisors at Mr. Ruyobya reminded the
Statistics (NBS) has a training session in supervisors that the drive of
completed training Morogoro Town recently, the the current administration was
supervisors who will oversee NBS Director of Statistical industrialization of the
and guide enumerators Operation, Mr. Irenius economy, as such data
expected to take part in the Ruyobya, said supervisors particularly those on
2016/2017 Annual should provide guidance and agriculture and livestock-- are
Agricultural and Livestock leadership to enumerators so a key input towards achieving
Survey. tha the latter would observe this goal.
the fundamental principles
The supervisors include NBS during data collection and We are about to conduct the
regional statistical managers interviews to enable the 2016/2017 Annual Agriculture
and a number of officials country get accurate data from and Livestock Survey, your
from the Ministry of the agricultural and livestock role in the study is crucial its
Agriculture, Livestock and sector. success. We, at NBS, are
Fisheries Development. sending you out to convince--

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and educate people so that they The Annual Agricultural and NBS is committed to
will provide you with accurate Livestock Survey is conducted collecting and processing
information. Accuracy is one of every year. The current survey quality, reliable and timely
the crucial aspects of official will commence next month. information through its
statistics, said Mr. Ruyobya. surveys so that their outputs
We are about to conduct would help inform the
He said NBS is committed to the 2016/2017 Annual government in its planning,
collecting and processing quality, Agriculture and Livestock decisions and policy
reliable and timely formulation as well as in
informationthrough its surveys so
Survey, your role in the evaluating implementation of
that their outputs would help study is crucial its success. national and international
inform the government in its We, at NBS, are sending development programmes
planning, decisions and policy you out to convince and which were to be undertaken
formulation as well as in educate people so that they by government and
evaluating implementation of will provide you with development partners like
national and international accurate information. NGOs.
development programmes which
were to be undertaken by
Accuracy is one of the
government and development crucial aspects of official
partners like NGOs. statistics, said Mr.
Ruyobya.

NBS Director of Statistical Operation, Irenius Ruyobya addressing


supervisors of the 2016/2017 Annual Agricultural Survey (not in picture)
during the training session in Morogoro region.

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Issue NO: 28 Date: AUGUST, 2017

NBS CONDUCTS LAND TENURE SUPPORT PROGRAMME BASELINE


AND IMPACT EVALUATION SURVEY

The Enumerator for Land Tenure Baseline and Impact Survey, Judith Tito interviewing
one of the head of the households at Kipinga Village in Morogoro region during field
work.

The National Bureau of focus group discussions implementation of the


Statistics (NBS) in collaboration located in all villages in the survey throughout as well as
with the Ministry of Lands, three districts of the pilot all guidelines as outlined in
Housing and Human study. new Statistics Act No. 9 of
Settlements Development is 2015.
conducting the Land Tenure During the training of trainers
Baseline Survey in Morogoro and enumerators at the Ifakara Mr. Mwisomba said, You
Region in Malinyi, Ulanga and Town Council Hall, the will use the Statistics Act as
Kilombero districts starting Programme Coordinator for your road map as well as all
September through November. the baseline survey, who is the instruction provided to you.
Agriculture Statistics Manager
Through the survey, basic at NBS, Mr. Titus Mwisomba, The five-day training
information related to land, emphasized the need for highlighted survey
income and demographics will supervisors and enumerators to instruments, survey manuals
be collected from all follow and observe the training and other protocols. It was
households, community and instruction well during-- followed by a two-day--

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NBS Agriculture Statistics Manager and Program Coordinator for Land Tenure Baseline and Impact
Survey, Titus Mwisomba (second right) exchanging ideas with DFID Program Officer Alex Mangowi
(right) during field work at Njasa village in Morogoro region .

practical field work. In the training of trainers and importance of observing


enumerators and during field instructions.
Then, three teams, each with work activities, technical
a field supervisor, seven people of the programme Mr Mbaraka alongside DFIDs
enumerators and an assistant form the Lands Ministry Programme Office, Alex
supervisor, were formed and participated. Mangowi, visited some fo the
dispatched to the three villages during household listing
districts of Kilombero, Mr. Stambuli Mbaraka, who and interview at Njasa and
Ulanga and Malinyi. is the Team Leader for Igomni hamlets in Kipingo
Policy and Ms. Helen Village.
During the field work Nyagori, who is Institutional
activity part of the training, Development Advisor, from The three-month survey will use
the teams visited villages for the programme and survey instruments to gather
household listing, sampled participated fully in the qualitative and quantitative
each district and randomly training sessions as well as in information from household
selected 20 households for the field. questionnaires, community
each village for detailed questionnaire and focus group
interviews over land tenure At the end, they had a chance discussion and this is the first
issues. of advising enumerators on time it is held.
professionalism and the--

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The second round baseline survey


will start in mid-September and
will involve the rest of the wards
and villages in the respective
districts before the study and the
programme are roled out
throughout the country.

The Baseline and Impact


Evaluation Survey activities in
every village in Kilombero,
Ulanga and Malinyi is aimed at
getting qualitative and
quantitative data for evidence
planning and informed decision
making for the land Tenure
Support Programmes in the
mentioned areas. Some of Enumerators of the Land Tenure Baseline and Impact
Survey following the proceedings of the training in Morogoro
The household and community during preparation of the survey which is expected to be carried
out from October, 2017.
data will provide key indicators
on aspects of land tenure security,
agriculture and income. This
The household and Through the survey,
survey will collect households community data will basic information
and community level data on provide key indicators on related to land, income
social, economic and aspects of land tenure and demographics will
demographic data which are security, agriculture and
relevant to land issues. be collected from all
income. This survey will households, community
The information will be used to collect households and and focus group
monitor and evaluate progress community level data on
and impact against a set of
discussions located in
social, economic and
established indicators during the all villages in the three
demographic data which
programme implementation
are relevant to land issues.
districts of the pilot
countrywide. study.

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NBS PICTORIAL NEWS

The NBS Management team visits the construction of NBS


Headquarters Building in Dodoma region. The building is expected
to be ready in February, 2018.

NBS Director General, Dr. Albina Chuwa (third left) giving her observations during
the visit to the construction of NBS Headquarters Building in Dodoma region which is
expected to be ready in February, 2018.

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MISSION
To produce quality official statistics and services that meet needs of
national and international stakeholders for evidence based planning
and decision making.

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