Uganda to host regional statistics bureau says UBOS

The executive director Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) Mr Chris Mukiza has said Uganda is set to host the first regional statistics bureau which will incorporate six member countries.

“We are lobbying to host the East African Community Statistics Bureau (EACSB) in Entebbe, the lobbying is by the head of state and has already got a cabinet memo. Cabinet has approved that Uganda should host the state of art statistics annex which will cost Shs 83.7 billion” he said.

Mr Mukiza made the remarks while addressing journalists after the newly appointed seven board members first visit to UBOS offices in Entebbe.

Mr Mukiza said each of the six partner states have a national statistical system that follows international standards and recommendations to compile statistics which will ensure sharing of accurate statistics through use of use of best practices of standards and frame works.

The chairman board of directors Mr Albert Byamugisha  revealed that Uganda having an advantage over other countries statistical office’s in Africa will help UBOS in achieving its goal.

“The UBOS board also resolved that part of the Entebbe office land will be used to erect a building that will host the EACSB, a State-of-the-Art building dubbed ‘Statistics House-Entebbe’, and it is expected to be a four year project, starting from when the funds will be approved and availed by the government of Uganda” he said.

Mr Mukiza said the bid to lobby for EACSB was decided on by the Cabinet in July, 2014 and the UBOS Board resolved to support the cabinet position in April 2019.

“The bureau which is to be constructed on Plot 9, plot 11 and plot 13 airport road Entebbe will host statistics in service training centre, data science labs, archive centre, conference hall, disaster recovery  centre, and some offices to decongest statistics house in Kampala” he said.

Ms Rosette Nakavuma, a board member said the regional bureau was one of the prerequisite decisions made by the partner states in fulfillment of the East African monetary union that will see the partner states have a single currency by 2024.

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