LISGIS Boss Presents Liberia’s Case

-Rallies Support At The 50th Session Of The UN Statistical Commission

The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) has presented Liberia’s case at a well-attended international gathering graced by professional statisticians at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States of America.

According to report, Francis Wreh marched to the podium and presented Liberia’s case as far as statistical and other related works in the sector are concerned.

Wreh in his deliberation stressed the need for international support to Liberia including the sector; especially with the current challenges facing the country’s economy.

“Global and massive drop in the price of iron ore and rubber including the drawdown of UNMIL and the Ebola virus crisis are amongst other attributing factors greatly affecting Liberia’s economy,” noted the LISGIS boos.

However, he pointed out that there are still hopes ahead for Liberia.

Wreh told his colleagues at the 50th session of the UN Statistical Commission that Liberia’s statistical house has already embarked on series of activities leading to the conduct of the population and housing census.

He said LISGIS has rolled out several programs ahead of the main event to include: training of support staff and recruitment of enumerators and other persons of interest relative to the conduct of the National process.

He commended some international partners for their initial support to the initiative, but noted more needs to be done especially support base to help make a necessary impact.

The LISGIS boss said unlike in the past, the December census mainly the counting process will be done in a digital manner as report he added will be released sooner than before.

In a more appealing tune, Mr. Wreh asserted that more support to Liberia is paramount to ensure Liberia’s economy is up to standard.

He also highlighted the harmonization of Sustainable Development Goals indicators of Liberia to the global body.

At the international ” STATCOM” conference which is the highest body in the statistical system where global statistical standards are considered and approved, Liberia’s Representative (Francis Wreh) presented his case of his Country to the globe with the hope of interventions from some global partners soon.

The 50th session of ” STATCOM” discussed amongst other things: Report by the inter-agency and expert group on the SDG indicators ( IAE-SDG),the highest level for partnership, coordination and capacity building for statistics for 2030 agenda for sustainable development as well as a report on the implementation of the fundamental principles of official statistics and a report by the bureau for reviewing the structure and functions and groups operating under auspices of the statistical commission.

Participants and member countries are expected to formulate some appropriate and workable programs with needed support to help implement some of the needed programs and policies to move their respective countries forward.

The strategies are vital to the globe especially crafting appropriate global programs and indicators with a hope of addressing developmental issues worldwide. Contributed by Julius Konton

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