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Country Profile of Algeria

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Office National des Statistiques Algerie (ONS)
Web address
Position in the government
NSO reports to Services of the Chief of the Government.
Multi-annual or annual work program
NSO has a multi-annual work program.
Main duties
NSO's main duties are:

a. Elaboration and diffusion of reliable socio-economic information;

b. Conducting statistical analysis and economic studies for the socio-economic policy;

c. Management of statistical surveys, elaboration and updates of socio-economic agents.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
After proclamation of the Algerian state in 1964, the National Commission of the Population Census (N.C.P.C) was created, and the first population census was conducted in 1966. In 1971, it changed designation and became the National Commission of Censuses and Statistical Survey (N.C.C.S.S.). In 1972-1980 the following activities were implemented: the demographic survey in 1972-1973, the mapping survey in 1972-1975, the second population census in 1977, and the census and household consumption survey in 1979-1980. Following the reorganization of N.C.C.S.S. the National Statistics Office (NSO) was established. Since then NSO is in charge of the organization and coordination of statistical works.

Legal basis
Legal basis
The National Statistics Office (NSO) was established by the decrees N 82-484 (18/12/1982), N 85-311 (17/12/1985) and N 95-159. The general statistics law N 94-01 stipulates the organization of the statistical system. The Director-General is appointed by a presidential decree.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
a. Bank of Algeria

b. Social Security administration

Coordination mechanisms: The main authority in the national coordination of data collection is given to the NSO within the framework of a work plan adopted by the National Council of the Statistics.

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
The National Council of the Statistics (CNS) examines and adopts the NSO's work plan

Data collection
Most recent population census
16-30 April 2008
Access to administrative data
The NSO has access to the administrative data in the following areas: education, health, agriculture, transport and energy.
Data confidentiality
The statistical law includes provisions on data confidentiality and prevention of individual data disclosure. The use of an individual's information for tax inspection, repressive economy, juridical surveys, breach of individual's private life, and restrictive trade are forbidden.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
NSO does not publish an advance release calendar.
Main publications
Index of consumer prices
Employment activity and unemployment
Price index of industrial production
Index of unit value of goods imported
Economic Accounts 2001 to 2007
Demography Algérienne - 2007
Languages of main publications
Arabic, French
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
The NSO disseminates statistical data though publications as well as through the web site.

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