Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane, highlighted, Wednesday in Algiers, the importance of developing the national statistics system, considering that the success of the ongoing reforms depends on the quality and efficiency of this system.
In a speech delivered during his supervision of the inauguration of the National Statistics Council, Mr. Benabderrahmane stressed that “the inauguration of the Council on this day, October 20, which coincides with the World Statistics Day, entails a lot of symbolism and an indication of the attention that the Algerian state attaches to the national system of statistics, and this stems from our deep awareness of its role to make the ambitious developmental renaissance program a success, which we are all working on, each from his position and his responsibility.”
In this context, he considered that statistical information has become a production input, just like other resources, but rather “the most important one”, as no public policy can be formulated unless the necessary data, quantity, accuracy, quality and credibility are required and available at the right time.
He also stressed the need to monitor citizens’ needs for health services, education, entertainment, employment, and the appropriate environment, in order to formulate public policies that respond to their aspirations, which can only be achieved “with an efficient and effective statistical information system that gives an accurate picture of the demographic structure according to geographical distribution, as well as its evolution over time.”
In the absence of an efficient and credible statistical information system, public and economic policies cannot be evaluated, and their results cannot be judged unless they are based on data that reflect the reality in all its economic and social aspects, says the Prime Minister.
In the same context, he mentioned that the right to information is a constitutionally enshrined right as it is a “transparency tool.”
Thus, it is “a source of confidence, the more credible and widely available the information, the greater this confidence will be, because nature does not accept a vacuum, the more official information is absent, it leaves room for skeptics and assessments based on biased backgrounds and intentions.”
The Prime Minister considered it “unreasonable” for researchers and students to rely in their studies on databases of international organizations and bodies, which is also observed at the level of official state institutions that sometimes rely on anonymous information sources and methodological references.
Here, he pointed out that reforming this system represents one of the most important commitments in the President’s program, where he ordered the government to establish a national network to collect statistical information from the local to the national level to enhance the reliability of statistics and social and economic indicators in order to give more efficiency and effectiveness to the work of public authorities and the reforms that need to be done.
In implementation of these commitments, the government’s plan included an ambitious program in this field, including, in addition to activating the National Statistics Council after years of stagnation, measures to develop tools to aid decision-making, especially by relying on digitization, adds the Prime Minister.