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W/Bank provides $10m towards Ethiopia’s efforts to produce quality statistics


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The World Bank has provided a $10 million grant to help the Government of Ethiopia increase the quality of its official statistics, reports said on Saturday.The grant agreement for the project was signed by Mr. Guang Zhe Chen, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia and Ato. Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Economic Development.

The World Bank said the project will help to meet Ethiopia’s rapidly increasing demand for good quality statistics, by enhancing the organizational, human and physical capacity of the Central Statistics Agency (CSA).

Furthermore, the project will improve the data management capabilities of key Government Ministries Departments and Agencies in the National Statistics System and help to accurately measure progress on Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan targets, the Washington-based lender added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Chen said improving Ethiopia’s ability to produce quality data will contribute to sustainable development because data accuracy is not only key to evaluating the impact of development programs, it will also help to identify gaps and prioritize investment.

The project is part of the World Bank’s efforts to promote evidence based decision making, in line with its twin goals of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

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