GASTAT Board of Directors’ Chairman Thanks the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince for the Kind Approval on the National Strategy for Statistical Development

The implementation will subject to monitoring and evaluation system that guarantees achievement at the level of all engaged entities, HE assured 
 

GASTAT Board of Directors’ Chairman Thanks the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince for the Kind Approval on the National Strategy for Statistical Development

The chairman of board of directors of GASTAT, the Minister of Economy and Planning Ministry Mr. Mohmmad AL-Tuwaijri appreciated the kind approval of the Council of Ministers on the national strategy for the statistical development in the meeting that was held on Monday 18th of Sha’ban 1440. 
HE thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH the Crown Prince for the kind approval on the strategy. It is the first national strategy for the statistics sector in Saudi Arabia. In fact, the strategy was set to enhance and boost the information and statistical work in Saudi Arabia to reach to an effective response that can meet the increasing demand of statistical data and information. Moreover, the strategy will serve the development path of Saudi Arabia to fulfill its international, regional and national duties. It was based on an ambitious future vision up to 2030 with medium and long-term objectives to be achieved. The strategy has adopted five axes: First, the use of statistical information and data (demand axis), that aims at ensuring the improvement in the use of statistical information and data in Saudi Arabia, and meeting all users’ needs by providing easy-to-use statistical information and data in a timely manner. Second, statistical information and data production (supply axis), which seeks to develop administrative records to be gradually relied upon as a primary source of data, improve field operations, such as censuses, surveys and research, and apply the latest standards, methods and classification policies when collecting, analyzing and disseminating data. Third, the axis of modern technologies, that aims at using the latest technologies in all statistical work stages, and ensuring a high-quality infrastructure system. Fourth, the axis of communication and awareness, which aims at strengthening the society’s statistical knowledge through promoting education and raising awareness, and establishing a culture of communication among key actors within the Statistics & Information Sector. Fifth, the axis of governance through which GASTAT seeks to consolidate the principles that govern the Statistics & Information Sector’s activities, establish a culture of results-based management, ensure the sustainable development of human resources, and attract highly-qualified individuals.
Implementation of this strategy will be subjected to monitoring and evaluation system that guarantees accurate implementation at the level of all engaged entities, HE affirmed. On the other hand, an annual report will be prepared and published on this matter, and two evaluations will be conducted for each five years. The strategy will be updated on a regular basis based on these elements and based on relevant updates as well; occurring inside and outside Saudi Arabia. GASTAT will work hand in hand with all engaged entities as well as all the components of the statistical sector in accordance with the approved strategies to achieve and meet the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision and the initiatives of the National Transformation Program 2020, he added.