Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.8, No.4, 1992. pp. 467479

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Miscellanea, Training of African Statisticians at a Professional Level

The training of African statisticians started over three decades ago in an intensive programme to overcome staff shortages in statistical offices. Centres for this training were established initially in Francophone Africa in the early 1960s followed by those in the Anglophone Africa in the late 1960s and 1970s. To ensure a continuous supply of qualified personnel for the central statistical offices, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa created the Statistical Training Programme for Africa (STPA) with training centres in 1978. An evaluation of this programme shows that the centres have contributed a great deal to the realisation of the STPA objectives, especially in Francophone Africa.

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