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THE Government requires reliable statistical evidence to develop, implement and evaluate its increasingly diverse and complex sustainable economic development program.
To achieve this goal, the National Statistics Office (NSO) in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) is coordinating the formulation of the National Statistics Development Strategy (NSDS).
With the assistance from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), a work programme is currently underway which includes an assessment of statistics and capacity needs across four broad sustainable development sectors – Economic; Human and Social; Natural Resources and Environmental; and, Institutional and Capacity Building.
The Government and development partners have strongly supported the NSDS project in late 2010 through the Economic Governance Program (EGP), the RAMSI’s development assistance to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) where the NSO is a Division.
This programme has recently transited into a Solomon Islands Economic and Public Sector Governance Programme (SIGOV) under the bilateral arrangements of the Solomon Islands-Australia Partnership for Development Programme since the RAMSI transition in mid-2013.
The strategic aim of the NSDS (and subsequent roll-out) is to provide a fully responsive systematic sector-wide mechanism that generates a regular and consistent supply of statistics, data and information that are demanded to inform government policies and plans such as the NDS in meeting its goals, and in monitoring realistic progress.
Its objective is to describe how Solomon Islands is expected to formulate and implement its NSDS.
The road map must therefore (i) define the ways in which all the actors participate in formulating the NSDS, (ii) define the organisation structure to be set up, (iii) identify the ways in which the NSDS formulation tasks are to be coordinated, (iv) propose a realistic work plan and timetable for the NSDS design, (v) estimate a budget for the formulation of the NSDS, and (vi) identify potential risks and mitigating factors.
The NSDS Office within the National Statistics Office wishes to inform all Government and Provincial Ministries, Statutory Bodies, Development Partners and Donors to look forward to meet a team from National Statistical Development Strategy (NSDS).
The team will assess each sector policy documents to clearly outline current and future statistical data and indicator needs and priorities promoting policy coherence and identification of development indicators to inform and assess policy.
The following components will be assessed during consultative meetings:
1. Sustainable Economic Development
2. Sustainable Human and Social Development
3. Sustainable Natural Resources & Environmental Management and Development
4. Institutional Development and Capacity Building