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Country Profile of Sudan

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
Web address
Position in the government
The CBS is subordinate to the minister of finance and national Economy.
Organizational structure and finance
The organizational structure of the central Bureau of statistics consists of 4 general administrations and other departments under the general administrations and other sub-department affiliated to the office of the Director General.
The financial resources of the Organ shall consist of the following :-

(a) such appropriations, as the State may allocate thereto;

(b) subscriptions and fees;

(c) such grants , aids, subscriptions and legacies, as the Council may accept.

The Bureau shall have an independent budget, to be prepared, in accordance with such directives, as the Ministry of Finance and National Economy may specify, and submitted, to the competent bodies, for approval thereof.
Main duties
CBS serves as the national coordination and final body for all government data collections and special surveys to be undertaken in Sudan.

The Act gives the authority to specify statistical concepts and methodology to be used in statistical operations and to recommend the publication, in the form of periodical or ad hoc reports, of the findings based on statistical operations, when such findings are not confidential. Article 16 asserts the rights of the public to obtain for a fee any information that is not related to individuals.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
In 1903 the then Department of Statistics( the present Central Bureau of statistics) was a division within the Customs Department primarily Charged to collect and compile foreign trade statistics .By 1932 the division was affiliated to the so -called Economic Committee which was transformed into what was known at the time as the Department of trade and Economics.

In 1953 the Division statistics separated from the Department trade and Economics and became an independent entity known as the Department of statistics affiliated to the Ministry Social Affairs at the time.

In November 1958 the Department of statistics became a subordinate entity to the Headquarters the Council Ministers.

in 1969 the Ministry of Economic planning was established and decree was issued to annex the department of statistics to the ministry of economic planning and on the 6 November 1995the council of ministers issued a decree heralding the establishment of the central Bureau of statistics to be subordinate to the minister of finance and national Economy..

In 2000 the subordination of the central Bureau of statistics was transferred again to the ministry of council of ministers where it remains till the preset day.

Legal basis
Legal basis
The Central Bureau of Statistics is the official agency responsible for the collection and compilation of data. Accordingly the Council of Ministers issued the Statistical Act of 1970 (Act No. 107) on the 31st of December 1970.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
o Bank of Sudan
o Ministry of Finance and National Economy
o Ministry of General Education
o Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
o Federal Ministry of Health
o Ministry of Labour & Administrative Reform

Data collection
Most recent population census
22 April 2008
Data confidentiality
The CBS does not disclose any information about individuals from the censuses and surveys. Article 14 of the Act states that no person employed in any duty under the Act shall make known or communicate to any other person any information which may come to his knowledge by reason or in consequence of such employment. Article 15 defines the secrecy of statistical returns, and Article 17 specifies an oath of secrecy for all who work under the provisions of the Act. The statistical act is available to the public from the contact person..

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
There is no advance release calendar.
Main publications
Annual Bulletin for National Accounts; Monthly Report on Consumer Price Index and Inflation; Sudan Statistical Yearbook; Foreign Trade Statistics Annual Report, and Annual Population Data Sheet.
Languages of main publications
Arabic, English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?

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