The government, through the National Statistics Bureau has launched a comprehensive and centralised public statistical database.  Speaking during the launch of the Tanzania Integrated Statistical Database (TISD), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Ambassador Charles Mutalemwa said TISD will enable NBS to provide statistics to users.

"This database will facilitate planning and decision making within the government and the business community," said the PS.  Ambassador Mutalemwa said the database would also stimulate research and inform public debate on various issues of importance to the nation.  He said TISD was very crucial in assisting the government to improve the living conditions and welfare of Tanzanians through MKUKUTA and MKUZA.

"This can be done through the implementation of strategies for wealth creation, poverty reduction and good governance," he said, adding that all strategies required a lot of statistical information.

He said: "The need for reliable and timely statistical information for all these purposes is what led the Union and Zanzibar governments to establish monitoring systems for both MKUKUTA and MKUZA. The TISD comes in as a handy tool."

In his statement to the gathering, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s Resident Representative, Toshihiro Obata said his agency has been involved in the field of statistics and poverty reduction in the country which started in 2004.

"The three-year Strengthening Capabilities of National Bureau of Statistics in Data Providing Services project is one of the most significant projects in Tanzania," he said.

He said the project contributed to updating of the statistical indicators, which are very crucial in the planning, and evaluation of the status of any country. "In the new poverty reduction strategy, MKUKUTA, there is emphasis on the importance of poverty indicators. This project contributed directly to the implementation of the strategy," he said.