On 20 October 2010, (20.10.2010) the World celebrate the first World Statistics Day (WSD) , to raise awareness of the many achievements of official statistics premised on the core values of service, professionalism and integrity.
In acknowledgement that the production of reliable, timely statistics and indicators is indispensable for informed policy decisions and monitoring implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Statistics Division, International Agencies and all Statistics Offices in the world have unanimously agreed to designate 20 October as World Statistics Day.
Over 100 countries and territories and 40 international agencies will mark this Day with special events and activities.
"Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. For development to succeed, we need data collection and statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease," states UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon in his Message on World Statistics Day.
Mr. ‘Ata'ata Finau, Tonga's Government Statistician said, " WSD is a day set out to pay tribute to statisticians' outstanding work in producing and disseminating the necessary data to respond to the everyday new challenges and to measure progress in people's lives."
"Statistics are a daily part of national and international life and policy-making, but never before did the international community officially to pay tribute to Official Statistics through dedicating them an international day."
"This year, the Statistics Department has distributed posters to mark the day, however, no public events have been set, but the Department is pleased to mark this with the release of second Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2009 report," Mr. Finau said.
The report which costs TOP$35.00 presents a summary of major findings of the 2009 HIES, which will provide a useful material for planners, policy makers and other interested users.
It is the Department's vision "to develop an integrated and comprehensive statistical information system to facilitate better decision-making and discussions and to encourage education and learning for the people".
The Tonga Department of Statistics is the official source responsible for providing statistical data in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Department undertakes statistical activities, carrying out the general census of population, and the count of housing and establishments. It conducts economic and social statistical surveys and publishes statistical books and bulletins for the Kingdom of Tonga as a whole.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.