Ajman Statistics and Competitiveness Center, concluded yesterday, Wednesday, the second edition of the external evaluation stage for measuring the level of the statistical maturity index of the government and independent bodies in Ajman Emirate. This evaluation process was launched earlier this week with the participation of number of specialized experts and evaluators of the index, who held virtual meetings remotely with the officials of the government bodies and department and the independent entities via "Microsoft Team" software.
During the evaluation period, the experts and the evaluators explained to the government and independent bodies that there are great efforts, evident development and concrete maturity on the part of the these bodies with regard to the importance of the statistical data. They added that there is also a development in the level of performance and work of the local government and independent bodies in the Emirate, through their knowledge and keeping themselves regularly informed about the significance of the statistical data, as well as learning about the extent of their interest in the statistical data, in order to achieve effectiveness and efficiency in the system of data and administrative records sharing to provide high quality statistics and indications that can support the decision making process and promoting the competitiveness of the Emirate.
Dr. Yasmin Joudi, the technical statistical advisor at the Center and manager of the statistical maturity index project, stated that by the end of the period of the external evaluation for measuring the level of statistical maturity of the government and independent bodies in Ajman Emirate, there is a great optimism about the extent of compliance of the bodies with the standards and requirements of the statistical maturity index, in addition to the paradigm shift and massive development, we notice, in the quality of the administrative records of the government bodies participating this year compared to the evaluation of the first edition of the statistical maturity index last year, according to the meetings held with the local government bodies in the Emirate and the team of specialized experts and evaluators. These outputs will have positive impact on the work of these government institutions, in order to upgrade the statistical work and to provide high quality statistics and indications, which will support the decision making process and promoting the competitiveness of the Emirate.
From her side, Dr. Yasmin expressed her thanks for and appreciation to the participant government bodies for their devoted efforts, hard work and notable development in the quality of the administrative records, in accordance with criteria of the statistical maturity index, in order to generate accurate, integrated official statistics that will be available to all, as well as to develop and upgrade the efficiency of the statistical capabilities of the government bodies' staff.
Dr. Yasmin also expressed her thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the Center's task team and the experts evaluating the index for the extraordinary efforts they exerted and their diligent and continuous work towards the success of the evaluation of the statistical maturity index and ensuring the compliance of the government bodies with the adopted quality standards and measures. She finally wished success to all.
Dr. Abu Bakr Al Amoudi
Dr. Abu Bakr Al Amoudi, the statistical expert and member of the evaluation committee, stated "Through our review of the regulatory and operational framework of the bodies participating in the evaluation process for measuring the statistical maturity index, we noticed that standards of statistical data management are available and in place. This year we have witnessed a development in the competences and capabilities of the data management team. Moreover, there is an advanced technological infrastructure equipped with the best international standards as required for managing the necessary data and the required materials. There are also laws and regulations for protecting data and demonstrating them in the best possible ways to make benefit thereof in the future. As such, this will reflect positively on Ajman Statistics and Competitiveness Center, in order to provide high quality data.
Dr. Ma'moun Kassab
Dr. Ma'moun Kassab, the statistical expert and member of the evaluation committee, stated "Through our review of the criterion of the statistical data quality, we found that there is a remarkable change noticed during our meeting with the government and independent agencies in Ajman this year to measure the statistical maturity index, where some agencies reached well-developed, advanced stage in the area of the statistical data quality. This, in itself, provides added value to the efforts exerted by the Centre to ensure the provision of correct data that are in conformity with the common international standards, which will be used by the decision makers for the purposes of planning and work development inside the government and private bodies, the matter that will promote the Emirate's position in regard to the data competitiveness UAE -wide".
Dr. Ali Abdul Qader
Dr. Ali Abdul Qader Al Sallaq, the statistical expert and member of the evaluation committee, said "By reviewing the criterion of data availability, we noticed a great development and change witnessed by the evaluated government and independent agencies in Ajman Emirate, compared to the past, in terms of paying attention to and management and governance of the statistical data. There is also a remarkable improvement and maturity on the part of these agnnecies and evident interest in the data and in relying on them as indications of their performance, as well as depending on the same for making decision on the improvement process and procedures".
He added "Getting reliable and high quality statistical data by Ajman Statistics and Competitiveness Center from the partners in the evaluation process, such as the reliability, seriousness, availability and governance of data management, will reflect positively on the Emirate's interests and will serve the decision makers, and will have positive impact at the UAE level as well".