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Reliable, accessible data, key to our development - Bawumia

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Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has said that Ghana's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals would not be feasible without fast tracking the country's data system to provide the right information that is accessible universally.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has said that Ghana's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals would not be feasible without fast tracking the country's data system to provide the right information that is accessible universally.

The vice president said that the country's attainment of the SDG goals was critical and called for support from all stakeholders to harmonize the data system.

He was speaking at a conference organized by the Ghana Statistical Service under the auspices of the SDG Implementation Coordination Committee and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data yesterday in Accra.

"The adoption of the SDGs at the time of data revolution provides us with unparalleled opportunities to track implementation of these ambitious goals at every level of our society," he said.

According to the Vice President, statistics has moved from being a simple tool for the monitoring and evaluation to become the key determinant of developmental projects which enable accurate interventions and the development of new products.

"With increasing demand for more and better quality data, the SDGs require a step-change in the types, methods and actors involved in data production and use," he said.

He called for an improved data collection regarding the challenges women, men and children face with gender inequalities and added that it would address the issue of discrimination in the progress of men and women.

"Through the implementation of a new Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Strategy and an ambitious National Identification Programme would be powerful tools to capture and record the most significant events in Ghanaians lives while enabling better public services simultaneously," he said.

The new data sources, according to the vice president, must be utilized in conjunction with traditional data to provide additional methods of information which would address current questions about the Ghanaian society.

On fulfilling data requirements to support the need of policy makers, he said data producers must fulfill all requirements and ensure that the data produced matches user needs.

"This refers not only to production of data but all other steps in the data cycle, ensuring that data is communicated and disseminated in a way that various users can easily comprehend, and in a format that allows the data to be used and re-used without restriction, that is open data,” he said.