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Country Profile of Zimbabwe

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Central Statistical Office (CSO)
Web address
www.zimstat.co.zw
Main duties
The duties of the Central Statistical Office as provided in the Act are:

o To carry out any census;
o To collect, compile, analyze and abstract statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, agricultural, mining, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the inhabitants of Zimbabwe and to publish such statistical information;
o Generally, to organize a coordinated scheme of social and economic statistics relating to Zimbabwe;
o To provide yearly reports on statistical work done during the period;


Legal basis
Legal basis
The Director of Census and Statistics is empowered by The Census and Statistics Act of 1969 (chapter 10:05) to collect statistics for Zimbabwe or any part thereof. The Act allows for prosecution of any respondent who refuses to supply information to the Central Statistical Office (CSO).


Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
o Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
o Ministry of Finance


Data collection
Most recent population census
17-27 August 2002
Data confidentiality
The Act prohibits the release of individual data to a third party without the consent of the respondent. Any officer who violates this provision is liable for prosecution. Data from an individual respondent is only released to the public after having been combined with at least three other returns.

Personnel in the CSO are bound by the provisions of the Census and Statistics Act with respect of confidentiality of data.


Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
There are no advance release calendars.
Main publications
Consumer Price Index
Languages of main publications
English.




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