Sandra Johnson launches the national phase of the statistics harmonization project

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Friday, 28 May 2021 19:13
Sandra Johnson launches the national phase of the statistics harmonization project

(Togo First) - The Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Togolese Republic, Sandra Ablamba Johnson, launched on May 27, the national phase of the project to harmonize and improve statistics in West Africa (PHASAO). 

The project, which covers seven (7) countries including Togo, will improve and modernize national statistics and increase the performance of the National Statistical System (NSS) in the production and dissemination of data.

In her address, Johnson stressed the progress made by Togo to improve its national statistics system. This progress is reflected by the rebasing of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a phone survey to monitor how households face the Covid-19, and a general census of businesses. 

The commitment and willingness of the government and the World Bank to harmonize and improve national statistics in Togo through the PHASAO project is part of the effort to improve the quality of the National Statistical System in the social, economic and administrative sectors,” the senior official said.

The project should help in the formulation of development policies, plans and programs and in the monitoring of national and international development strategies, which will enable our country to respond effectively to current challenges.” It will, she added, greatly support the fifth general census of people and housing (RPGH). 

This project will contribute to a better implementation of the government roadmap (2020-2025) which takes into account the priorities of development actions to make Togo a country of cohesion, peace and a modern nation with an inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” said for her part Hawa Cissé Wagué, Resident Representative of the World Bank in Togo. 

Scheduled to last five years, the PHASAO is financed by the World Bank. In Togo, the Bretton Woods institution spent $30 million - half as a loan and the other half as a grant - for the project. Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are the other beneficiary countries of the project.

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