NSA and NaCC ink cooperation agreement
The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim to provide a basis in developing and undertaking collaborative activities and to establish a program of technical cooperation.
Statistician General, Alex Shimuafeni emphasized that this agreement will assist in realizing the development and coordination of the National Statistics System (NSS). “NSS is basically the cooperation between the users and producers of statistics in Namibia. The Competition Commissionas a user of statistics is naturally part of the NSS,” he said. On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Commission, Mihe Gaomab said this partnership will enhance the quality of service that the institution provides. “We are fully aware of the importance of this day to both organizations. The beneficiaries of our partnership will be the citizens of this country to whom we account and serve,” the CEO said.
Gaomab said, “I am confident to state that the Competition Commission is developing a Microeconomic database which will serve as a market intelligent tool, gathering and analyzing competition related data to assist the effective administration of Competition law. The Commission being charged with the responsibility of monitoring farm-gate prices on selected industries, among others, anticipates the database to improve the surveillance of microeconomic developments in the Namibian markets. This in itself is self-explanatory on why this collaboration with the Statistics Agency is vital.
The agreement will bind the two institutions to maintain high level of confidentiality and discretion, and to also ensure harmony and consistency of data with micro to macro levels and the need for stronger synchrony and confidential sharing to assure data integrity between the two institutions.