Three key events came together in the month of December for the Paraguayan statistical system: the approval of the statistics law modernising the role of the national statistical office (NSO), the creation of a new national statistical system (NSS) and the launch of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) 2020-2030.
The Directorate for Statistics, Surveys and Censuses (DGEEC), soon to be transformed into the National Institute of Statistics (INE), launched their new NSDS during a two day workshop taking place in Asunción, Paraguay, from 10 to 11 December 2020. The NSDS was developed with support from PARIS21 and will serve to guide the transition and transformation of the statistical office to an independent institute.
The NSDS launch ceremony brought over 195 members of the statistical system together to socialise the strategies and the new composition of the NSDS. The Minister of Planning, Viviana Casco Molinas, opened the session and highlighted the importance of the statistical system in Paraguay.
Iván Ojeda: Together we are leaving a legacy to national statistics in Paraguay that every citizen will benefit from.
The NSDS will be implemented as a dynamic document that will be fully integrated into Paraguay’s budgetary processes and subject to evaluations and periodic updates. A key component of their implementation plan will be bi-annual reviews of the NSDS activities and the use of ADAPT, PARIS21’s free online data planning tool, to monitor its progress across the NSS. The monitoring process in Paraguay will provide a vital dynamic component that has largely been missing in the implementation of long-term statistical strategies. Before the changes, the NSS worked, but without clear rules & legislation.
The work of the newly instituted INE will be grounded in the statistics law that was approved earlier this month and will replace a law from 1942, which referred to outdated institutions and the country’s former currency. The new statistics law is an important step towards a sound technical and governance structure and forms the legal framework for how official statistics are developed, produced & disseminated.
The new institute will use the results framework architecture of ADAPT to report back to the NSS on the progress of their activities. As a next step, the new institute is seeking the promulgation of the NSDS through presidential decree following the example of Peru.
PARIS21 extends congratulations to Paraguay and the DGEEC on the development of the institution and establishment of a sound technical and governance structure.
François Fonteneau: It has been a real pleasure to see the relationship between the DGEEC and PARIS21 grow, and to collaborate on several projects, particularly the National Strategy for Statistical Development.