KEY NOTE ADDRESS BY Mr. DG DURING THE WORKSHOP ON THE APPROPRIATION OF THE NEW PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT INSTRUMENTS AT THE NIS

Ladies and gentlemen, dear collaborators;

The year 2020 which has just ended has been difficult not only for the whole Nation, but also for the National Statistical System. To the insecurity in certain localities of the Far North attributable to the terrorist sect Boko Haram and in the North-West and South-West regions maintained by separatist terrorists, are added security tensions at the borders with the CAR because of a socio-political crisis as a result of the ongoing elections in this neighbouring country. Faced with these crises, the Government, on the very high instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and National Defense, is putting up fierce resistance and adapted responses combining dialogue, openness and targeted strikes.

This context of insecurity has undermined a number of data collection activities in those parts of the country. These include operations completed as from 2016, especially the GCEs, CS-CHS4, FinScope, PETS3, CAMPHIA and CDHS5.

To these security constraints was added the COVID-19 pandemic, which was reported in Cameroon in March 2020, and which also negatively impacted the activities carried out by the NIS. This mainly concerns the study on cross-border trade for the improvement of national accounts. The GCEs-3, SEIS-3 and CHS-5 are national operations that may also suffer from insecurity and pandemic crisis in their mapping and field data collection phase, if these constraints are not softened.

It should also be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has also led some technical and financial partners to suspend disbursements on their funding, or to require the inclusion in the data collection budgets of expenses related to compliance with and strict application of barrier measures, which resulted in an increase in costs.

These constraints mainly resulted in the slowing down of statistical production; especially some NIS staff members who have not been spared by this pandemic.  Some have also lost their loved ones. To them I extend the deepest sympathy of the NIS to which I associate the expression of my compassion. By the way, I hail the courage and bravery of staff members who, in strict compliance with the barrier measures, have continued to work continuously so that the NIS remains efficient and above all, honours its commitments reflected in the agreements and conventions signed with certain administrations and public institutions, as well as TFPs.

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