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(From Business Day (South Africa))
Byline: Linda Ensor
Manuel warns Africa of statistics pitfalls Political Correspondent CAPE TOWN African countries must strengthen their statistics-gathering to underpin policymaking and enable them to measure their progress in the fight against poverty, says Finance Minister Trevor Manuel (pictured). Addressing the 2006 Africa Symposium on Statistical Development yesterday, Manuel noted with concern the deterioration in Africa's statistics and stressed the urgent need for improvement. Nineteen of Africa's 56 countries and areas had not conducted a population census in the past 10 years, nearly twice as many as in the …