Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Finally Shifts to Electronic Data Collection

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has shifted from manual data collection to electronic data collection and is aiming to develop an Android-based data collection software, mobile apps and dashboards.

This was stated by senior PBS officials while briefing Secretary Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Mathar Niaz Rana, during his visit to the Bureau. Secretary also chaired a meeting on the activities and initiatives taken by PBS regarding digital transformation.

Sarwar Gondal, Member Support Services and Resource Management PBS briefed the Secretary about the activities of PBS and major initiatives taken by PBS during the last two years regarding digital transformation.

The secretary was further informed that PBS is developing decision support systems and data dissemination systems which would enable policymakers with evidence-based decision making.

PBS officials briefed the Secretary that PBS has successfully conducted census and surveys such as Mouza Census, PSLM/HIES Survey, etc and the data will be disseminated to the policymakers and general public through dashboards in a user-friendly manner.

Secretary Planning appreciated the efforts of PBS and said that reliable and timely data help the policymakers make informed decisions. He said that PBS has a vast repository of data and specialized research activities should be started within PBS to provide the policymakers’ evidence-based information.

He emphasized that PBS should complete all the bodies formed under the General Statistics Re-organization Act 2011 and should fill up all the vacant posts. He further directed PBS to resolve the issues faced by the department and make a road map of the activities with timelines and specific objectives to achieve for the next year.