The Board of Directors of the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (Scad), in their first quarterly meeting for 2011 held in its headquarters on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Board chairman reviewed Abu Dhabi Census 2011, as one of the most important projects to be carried out by the Centre this year.
The Board examined the achievements of the Centre during 2010.
Besides reviewing and evaluating both the performance indicators and the strategic initiatives, the operational plan for 2011 was also thoroughly discussed.
They outlined the objectives and the strategic axes for the coming year 2012, in addition to considering the Centre’s Information Security policy and the tasks entrusted to the new advisory committee.
The signing of ten memoranda of understanding with leading information providers in the UAE, the carrying out of several field surveys, and the increasing the number of periodic statistical releases and reports issued by the centre are factors that would contribute to achieving Scad’s objectives for 2011.
The Centre also announced that 2011 would witness the issuing of 806 key statistical indicators.
On the Abu Dhabi Census, the data collected through the census would be used to follow up the progress of “Abu Dhabi Vision 2030” and to help government authorities plan for schools, hospitals, local public transport employment and other services, bearing the population changes in the Emirate in mind.
The census would also provide data and statistics of crucial interest to decision makers, businessmen and policy makers in government and private departments and institutions, as well as to researchers, academics, media professionals, and all institutions concerned with figures and statistical indicators that help them learn more about the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and its surrounding areas.
The Board stressed that the operational plan for 2011 includes seven types of projects along with two main groups of activities that cover the values of Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi. Scad’s activities cover: periodical surveys, administrative records, statistics, publications, summary reports, metadata records, and special interest projects.
The Board referred to the projects for the economic surveys mentioned in the operational plan, noting that these surveys will include the seven sectors that constitute the basis for the economic activities in the emirate: industry, construction, transportation, telecommunications, real estate, education, health services, commercial services, and finance.