CHAPTER 27:01
NATIONAL STATISTICS

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL OFFICE

   3.   Establishment of the National Statistical Office

   4.   Appointment of the Commissioner for Statistics

   5.   Duties of the Commissioner for Statistics

   6.   Employment of assistants

PART III
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM

   7.   Establishment of the National Statistical System

   8.   Functions of the National Statistical System

PART IV
STATISTICAL INFORMATION AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL OFFICE

   9.   Statistical surveys by public, private or foreign institutions

   10.   Power to obtain particulars

   11.   Compilation of list of respondents

   12.   Power of entry and inspection

   13.   Disclosure of information and confidentiality

   14.   Dissemination of statistical data

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   15.   Relationship with other bodies

   16.   Offences and penalties

   17.   Oath or Affirmation of Office and Secrecy

   18.   Code of Practice for official statistics

   19.   Special reports and investigations

   20.   Regulations

   21.   Amendment of schedules

   22.   Repeal and savings

      First Schedule

      Second Schedule

6 of 2013

An Act to make provision for the establishment of the National Statistical office and the National Statistical System; for the collection, compilation, analysis, abstraction, publication and dissemination of statistical information; and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto

[19TH JULY, 2013]

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Statistics Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   "authorized officer" means any person appointed as an authorized officer under section 9 and includes, a supervisor, enumerator, coder and data entry clerk;

   "census" means a statistical operation in which all units of interest or the whole population are enumerated;

   "Commissioner" means the public officer holding or acting in the office of Commissioner for Statistics appointed under section 4;

   "National Statistical System" refers to public agencies responsible for producing, analysing, disseminating and using statistics, and encompasses the statistical outputs produced and the people involved, including both producers and users of statistics;

   "official statistics" means any quantitative, qualitative, aggregate and representative information relating to any matter contemplated in the First Schedule and produced by the National Statistical Office, and includes any information produced by line government ministries, departments and public authorities, provided that such information shall become official statistics after the Commissioner shall have endorsed the information with a stamp of quality;

   "respondent" means any person who supplies or is required to supply statistical information;

   "return" means any book, document, form, card, tape, disc or storage media on which information required is entered or recorded or is required to be entered or recorded for statistical purposes under this Act;

   "statistical sample survey" means a statistical operation in which only a selected part or sample and not all units of interest or the whole population are enumerated;

   "statistics" means any quantity collected as a summary of data;

   "survey" includes a survey of undertakings or persons whereby information is collected from all persons in a field of inquiry or from a sample thereof, wholly or primarily for statistical purposes;

   "undertakings" means any undertaking by way of trade or business whether or not the trade or business is carried out for profit, and includes a ministry or Government department, statutory body, local government body, and any other organization or body of persons or any part thereof and includes a branch of undertakings.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL OFFICE

3.   Establishment of the National Statistical Office

   (1) There is hereby established the National Statistical Office which shall be a Government Department.

   (2) The National Statistical Office shall be the central depository of all official statistics produced in Malawi.

4.   Appointment of the Commissioner for Statistics

   (1) There shall be a Commissioner for Statistics who shall be appointed by the President.

   (2) The Commissioner shall be responsible for the administration and control of the National Statistical Office.

5.   Duties of the Commissioner for Statistics

   (1) It shall be the duty of the Commissioner to advise and report to the Minister generally on statistical matters, and, subject to any special or general directions of the Minister—

   (a)   to carry out any of the functions imposed on him under this Act;

   (b)   to advise the Minister on statistical policy matters, and where appropriate, to consult and liaise with other appropriate officers of Government ministries and departments;

   (c)   to advise Government ministries and departments on the conception of statistical projects initiated or carried out by such ministries and departments;

   (d)   to define, lay down and promote standard concepts, procedures, definitions and classification for use in official statistics;

   (e)   to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish or otherwise disseminate, statistical information relating to matters specified in the First Schedule;

   (f)   to organize a coordinated scheme of statistics relating to Malawi;

   (g)   to ensure the independence, accuracy, relevance, integrity, timeliness and professional standard of statistical information produced by the National Statistical Office;

   (h)   to ensure the security and confidentiality of information collected under this Act;

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