A Workshop, held in Niamey from 9 to 11 October 2012, brought together users and producers of statistics to exchange views on the achievements of Niger’s first NSDS (2008-2012) and made recommendations regarding the design and the content of the second one (2013-2017). The Secretary General of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) acknowledged that the design of the first NSDS was laborious but overall successful and a similar process is planned for the design of the next statistical strategy. On behalf of the Minister of Finances, the Secretary General reminded participants that the government is expecting more and better statistics to support ongoing national development programmes. Participants stressed the need to improve financing mechanisms - including for the design of the NSDS-II, the dialogue with external partners, the overall coordination of the national statistical system, the quality of statistics, the dissemination of more detailed statistical aggregates as well as survey data. They reckoned that such user–producer fora should be held annually in the future. The workshop was organised by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) of Niger, with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with PARIS21.

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