The aim of the Pan African Statistics (PAS) programme is to support institutional development for statistics at African continental level in order to foster the availability and quality of statistics serving both efforts in view of regional integration and Agenda 2030/2063.
Since its launch PAS has provided training for some 275 staff of the African Statistical System (regional and national organisations). Participants came from 48 African countries, 160 of them from National Statistical Institutes (NSI), 18 from RECs, and some 97 from international organisations. Training for trainers has been a crucial aspect, in particular for statistical tools such as ERETES (for national accounts) and EUROTRACE (trade), in which RECs have played in important role.
EU Delegation to the African Union Deputy Head of Delegation Anna Burylo in her opening remarks said "Qualitative, timely and harmonised African statistics are critical for effective monitoring and moving forward the ambitions of the AU's Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ". The EU commends the recent adoption of the second Strategy for the Harmonisation of African Statistics in Africa (ShaSa II), which will include the operationalisation of the AU Institute of Statistics (STATAFRIC) in Tunis and the Pan-African Training Centre on Statistics in Yamoussoukro. Follwing the AU-EU Summit in Abidjan in November 2017, The EU reiterates its commitment to continue working closely with its African partners in producing high-quality and harmonised statistics at continental level.