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Country Profile of Kenya

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
Web address
www.cbs.go.ke
Position in the government
CBS's head reports to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and National Development.
Organizational structure and finance
KNBS comprises of six divisions and one independent unit. Four
divisions are housed in Herufi House while the other two are
housed in Nyayo House. The six divisions are:

Industrial and Labour Statistics
Population and Social Statistics
Data Processing, Research and Publications
Agriculture, Nutrition and Environmental Statistics
Macro Economic and National IncomeAccounts Statistics
National Sample Survey and Evaluation Program and Field
Administration. PovertyAnalysis and Research Unit

Multi-annual or annual work program
CBS has the 5-year work plan for the period 2003/2004 - 2007/2008; moreover, various divisions of the bureau produce annual work plans.
Main duties
The functions of CBS fall into the following four categories:

o Data collection

o Data analysis and production of official statistics

o Dissemination of results to users and producers

o Archiving of survey and census results data


Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The establishment of a statistics unit in Kenya dates back to 1961 with the passing of the Statistical Act (Cap. 112) by the Legislative Council. This Act provided for "the collection, compilation, analysis, and publication of statistical information, and for taking of censuses, and for matters connected with the foregoing and incidental there-to". The unit's predecessor, the East African Statistical Department (EASD) had been established in 1948 to provide statistical services to the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika.

With Kenya attaining its independence in 1963, and with the creation of the Ministry of Planning and Development soon thereafter, the unit was upgraded to the Statistics Department, being headed by a Chief Statistician. In 1972, the Statistical Department of the Ministry of Planning and Development was designated as the Central Bureau of Statistics and the title of its head was changed to "Director".

“KENYANATIONALBUREAU OF STATISTICS”
was established through an Act of Parliament, the statistics Act 2006 (Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 61 Act No. 4 of 2006) and the date of commencement was 1 Feb 2007.The Act provides for the post of Director
General who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau and Secretary to the Board and the Committees.


Legal basis
Legal basis
The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) operates under provisions of the Statistics Act of 1961 covering the Bureau's authority to collect official statistics.


Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Official statistics are statistics produced/compiled by Government Ministries, Departments and agencies e.g. Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, CBS, Central Bank of Kenya, Immigration Department.


Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory body was not established.


Data collection
Most recent population census
24 August 1999
Access to administrative data
CBS has access to the administrative data.


Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
Some of the official government statistics has a release calendar, e.g. Economic Survey - mid-May, etc.
Main publications
ECONOMIC SURVEY - 2007
STATISTICAL ABSTRACT – 2007
LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS (Monthly Publication)
THE KENYA CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) - This is a
detailed version produced monthly.
REPORTS ON POVERTY IN KENYA
URBAN HOUSEHOLD BUDGET SURVEY1993/94
1998/1999 CHILD LABOUR REPORT
KENYA FACTS AND FIGURES 2007
KENYA DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY 2003
POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS
Languages of main publications
English.
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Paper.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
CBS grants access to the microdata upon request.




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