High-Profile Celebration of WSD in Afghanistan
21 October 2010 – High-level officials representing the Government and the
International Community took part in the special event marking the first
ever World Statistics Day organized in Kabul on 20 October by the Central
Statistics Organization in Afghanistan.
The Second Vice President of Afghanistan and the Head of National
Statistics Committee and National Census Committee, His Excellency Mohammad
Karim Khalili, and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, both
spoke during the meeting. Mr. Khalili stressed the importance of
statistics for his country, particularly in relation with the next
Population and Housing Census. He underlined the need for building
statistical capacity and for accuracy of data.
Participants of the UN family in Afghanistan included Martin Kobler, Deputy
Special Representative of the Secretary General, and representatives of
donor countries such as the British Department for International
Development (DFID) and international organizations like the World Bank and
the European Commission.