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United Nations Economic Commission for African Centre for Statistics Towards Harmonization of Concepts and

United Nations Economic Commission for African Centre for Statistics Towards Harmonization of Concepts and Definitions in SADC Countries Workshop on Household Surveys Measurement of LFS With Focus on the Informal Economy 14 -18 April 2008, Maseru, Lesotho Dimitri Sanga, Ph. D. Senior Statistician

Outline l Labour statistics needs l The rationale for harmonisation l Potential areas of

Outline l Labour statistics needs l The rationale for harmonisation l Potential areas of concerns l The way forward 2

Labour statistics needs National: PRSPs l Sub regional: l ØRegional Economic Communities (RECs) ØStatistical

Labour statistics needs National: PRSPs l Sub regional: l ØRegional Economic Communities (RECs) ØStatistical groupings (Afristat) l Regional: ØThe New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) ØThe African Peer review Mechanism (APRM) ØOther regional requirements: Af. DB, UNECA l International: MDGs 3

The rationale for harmonization l Regional integration: macro economic convergence criteria: CPI, GDP and

The rationale for harmonization l Regional integration: macro economic convergence criteria: CPI, GDP and related aggregates… l Sustainable growth and development plans and programmes: GDP and related aggregates, other development indicators l Women equality and empowerment: various gender sensitive statistics l APRM: a set of indicators for the assessment l For comparison purposes: harmonized information 4

Potential areas of concerns l Variability based on: ØSurvey methodology (surveyed units) ØSize in

Potential areas of concerns l Variability based on: ØSurvey methodology (surveyed units) ØSize in terms of employment ØInclusion of the agriculture sector ØRegistration criteria ØMinimum age of the potential active individual 5

The way forward l Need to deepen the discussions on the informal sector and

The way forward l Need to deepen the discussions on the informal sector and informal employment measurement l A natural forum is the newly set up Working Group on the informal sector and informal employment measurement l Join the group to reinforce the pertinence of the discussions since the informal sector is very important in the region 6

Thank you! African Centre for Statistics Visit us at http: www. uneca. org/statistics/ 7

Thank you! African Centre for Statistics Visit us at http: www. uneca. org/statistics/ 7