Modernising National Statistical Systems to provide data and statistics to support sustainable peace and development in Africa is the theme for this year’s celebration identified by African Union (AU) to show their commitment and perseverance to peace, good governance, stability and national security.
This was highlighted by the Minister of Development Planning, Honourable Selibe Mochoboroane during African Statistics Day. “The theme is in line with the policy and goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of leaving no one behind. Production of data on peace, good governance and national security are crucial in informing the public about the fundamental human rights”. He said.
Meanwhile, the Honourable Minister revealed the report on COVID-19 Survey which shows that 100% households are 100% aware of the virus and mostly got information from the radio, further, knowledge on the use of masks to reduce the spread of the virus is 99.9%.
The 2019 Labour Force Survey Report indicated that the population of Basotho is 2 million and according to the report, more than 1,3 million between 15 years + are active people to be in the labour force and amongst them more than 521,445 are in the labour force while more than 151,266 are searching for jobs. The number of unemployed Basotho is 674,059.
In conclusion, the Honourable Minister urged the public to request and use data from the Ministry regularly.
At the same occasion the Director of Bureau of Statistics (BOS) Ms ’Malehloa Molato noted that the theme raises awareness to data producers, data providers, data users and all stakeholders about the importance of peace, security, governance and other statistics for monitoring of SDGs especially (Goal16 and Agenda 2063 Aspiration 11).
The UNICEF representative Anurita Bains said COVID-19 Survey is important as the data adds to the evidence base of the socio-economic impact of
COVID-19. “It’s an important contribution, as gathering and sharing timely and accurate data has been a joint objective of BOS and the UN, as noted during the National Voluntary Review led by Ministry in 2019.” She added.
She noted that this year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in serious setbacks for the country. It is a crisis for households and also for Basotho children.