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Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS)
Web address
Position in the government
Management of the Bureau is responsible to its Board of Directors which in turn reports to the Minister responsible for statistics in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
Organizational structure and finance
The Bureau has a Board of Directors as the overall governing body.
The day-to-day activities of the Bureau are however managed by an Executive Director who is assisted by two Deputy Executive Directors, one for Statistical Production / Development and the other for Corporate Services / Administration. There are also immediately below the Deputy Executive Directors six Directors, each responsible for a different directorate in accordance with the organogram and the following details:

Directorate of Population and Social Statistics:
Responsible for population censuses, demographic statistics, vital registration, labour and other social statistics, and mapping for censuses and surveys:

Directorate of Macro-Economic Statistics:
Responsible for Trade, Finance, Price and National accounts statistics:

Directorate of District Statistics and Capacity Development:
Responsible for building capacity at district level to collect, process and utilise statistics at that level:

Directorate of Business and Industry Statistics:
Responsible for Business and Industrial production, Energy, Building and Construction, and Agricultural statistics:

Directorate of Information Technology:
Responsible for data processing, systems support services, databases, dissemination and library services:

Directorate of Corporate Affairs:
Responsible for corporate affairs, Information technology administrative , human resource and financial management:

Directorate of Statistical Co-ordination and Services:
Responsible for internal and external coordination and collaboration to ensure standards in the National Statistical System.

In addition, there are five divisions:

Division of Financial services :
Responsible for financial management and it is directly responsible to the Deputy Executive Director - Corporate Affairs;

Division of Socio Econonomic Surveys :
Responsible for managing all the socio economic surveys and it is directly responsible to the Deputy Executive Director - Statistical Development

Division of Communication and Public Relations :
Responsible for managing all the communication and public relations and it is directly responsible to the Director - Corporate Affairs;

Division of Administrative Services:
Responsible for managing all the administrative functions in the organisation and it is directly responsible to the Director - Corporate Affairs;

Division of Internal Audit Internal Audit :
Responsible for ensuring compliance with policies and procedures in place. It is directly responsible to the Executive Director;
Multi-annual or annual work program
The Bureau develops a strategic/corporate plan and prepares annual plans for periodic activities. I

The Bureau has developed a 3 year rolling Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD(2006/07 - 2010/11)which embraces various sector strategic plans for Statistics (SSPSs) as its building blocks. The PNSD is a comprehensive strategic framework for improving statistical development in Uganda to meet the increasing social economic data demands to inform national (Poverty Eradication Action Plan - PEAP) and the international development Agenda - Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) and related policies.
Main duties
The functions of UBOS include:

o providing high quality official statistical/information services;

o promoting standardisation in the collection, analysis and publication of statistics to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy of coverage and reliability of statistical data and information;
o providing guidance, training and other assistance as may be required to other users and providers of statistics;

o promoting co-operation, co-ordination and rationalisation amongst producers, users and suppliers of statistics at national and local levels so as to avoid working at cross purpose, ommissions, duplication of effort and ensure optimal utilisation of scarce resources.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics, formerly known as the Statistics Department under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, was transformed into a semi-autonomous body by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics Act No. 12, 1998.

The decision to establish the Bureau arose from the need for an efficient and user-responsive agency that would meet the growing demand for statistics on the social, economic and political developments in the country.

The Bureau is, therefore, coordinating "the development and maintenance of a National Statistical System which will ensure collection, analysis and dissemination of integrated, reliable and timely statistical information".

Legal basis
Legal basis
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Act No. 12 1998, covers governance, specific operations of the Bureau, and its subject matter for data collection. The Act provides an enabling institutional and regulatory framework for production and management of official statistics; and ensures the professional independence of UBOS.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)such as Ministry of Health, Education, the Central Bank, Uganda Police Force, etc.

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
There is a proposed Steering Committee under the PNSD institutional framework that will oversee and guide the implementation process for the entire National Statistical System. There is also an Inter Agency Committee (IAC) that is chaired by the Executive Director of the Bureau. The IAC provides a platform for reular stakeholder discussions, consultation and coordination of the PNSD and SSPS implementation.

Data collection
Most recent population census
12 September 2002
Access to administrative data
The Bureau collects administrative data from central and local governments, as well as non-government agencies for the production of the statistical year book "Statistical Abstract" and computation of various indicators including the National accounts. There are efforts to establish a Community Information System (CIS) which is expected to be heavily dependent on the admistrative data /information withing the local communities.
Data confidentiality
The Bureau ensures that individual data collected for statistical compilation, whether they refer to natural or legal entities, is strictly confidential and used exclusively for statistical purposes as provided for in the Statistics Act. UBOS releases well aggregated data from which it is not possible to obtain individual/unit data/information.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
There is a monthly release calendar for inflation figures (CPI)every last working day of the month at 11am, the Producer Price Index which is released ten weeks after every end of a quarter. Other releases include the main National Survey results such as the National Household Surveys and Demographic Health surveys whose releases dates are predetermined earlier during survey planning.
Main publications
A complete stock list is available on the website but a few important publications are:


Consumer Price Indexes


Index of Industrial Production

Key Economic Indicators

Migration and Tourism Statistics

Producer Price Index

Construction Sector Indices

Statistics Coordination Review


Gross Domestic and Experience on Gross Domestic for Uganda (1985- 1994/1995) Imports and Exports 1981 - 1992

Statistical Abstract

Uganda National Household Budget Survey

Uganda National Household Survey 2002-2003 (Socio-economic survey)

Uganda National Household Survey 2002-2003 (Labour force survey)

Census 2002 Analytical Report

Census 2002 District Reports

Census 2002 District analytical reports

Census Atlas

Uganda Business Register

The 2004 National Service Delivery Survey Report

Report on Labour Market conditions in Uganda

UBOS Newsletter
Languages of main publications
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Hard copy publications, abridged reports, press releases and press briefings, websites, CD-ROM, internet (e-mails) and workshops
Availability of microdata for research purposes
After ascertaining confidentiality of individual data, access is granted with a condition that the user/researcher shares with the Bureau the final reports from the analysis of the data. A 10% sample of the popolation census results is available on demand but individual idientification is highly disguised.

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