Senior managers from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda held a work meeting with the visiting delegation from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) pledging to foster valuable connections and sharing insights.

During the meeting which took place Monday in Kigali, both representatives of the statistical offices stressed the need to take this opportunity to strengthen exchanges, mutual learning, knowledge, expertise, and leadership, enriching the dialogue and laying the groundwork for impactful partnerships.

The meeting opened with a session where Therese Uwimana, the Director of Big Data and Data Revolution Unit at NISR, discussed Rwanda's transformation into a Data Hub for Africa. Her presentation showcased Rwanda's visionary approach towards harnessing the power of big data to drive positive change and informed decision-making.

In another presentation, NISR’s Director General of NISR Yusuf Murangwa, offered a compelling overview of the institute’s journey from its creation to its current standing as a regional leader in statistical research and data analysis.

Mr Murangwa eloquently outlined the institution's evolution and achievements. His insights provided valuable context and set the stage for fruitful discussions on future collaboration opportunities.

The Swiss delegation, led by Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General of of Swiss Federal Statistical Office and Vice-President of the United Nations Statistical Commission, expressed admiration for Rwanda's achievements in the field of statistical research and data analytics. Ambassador Ulrich commended NISR for its remarkable progress and reiterated Switzerland's commitment to supporting Rwanda's efforts in this regard.

At the heart of the discussion was the recognition of the importance of leveraging collective strengths to address common challenges and explore innovative solutions in the field of statistical research and data analysis. From data governance and quality assurance to technological advancements and capacity-building initiatives, the agenda was comprehensive, reflecting the shared commitment of both organizations to advancing the frontiers of statistical science.

The presence and contributions of senior managers were particularly valued, as they provided strategic insights and perspectives that enriched the dialogue and fostered valuable connections between NISR and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. Their engagement underscored the depth of commitment to collaboration and cooperation in driving positive change and advancing the global statistical community.

As the meeting concluded, there was a palpable sense of optimism about the prospects of future collaboration between NISR and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. Both institutions reaffirmed their commitment to continued dialogue and cooperation, recognizing the immense potential for joint initiatives to create lasting impact and drive sustainable development.

As we look to the future, let us build upon the foundation laid today, harnessing the power of collaboration to unlock new opportunities, address emerging challenges, and chart a course towards a more data-driven and prosperous world.


Communication Officer/NISR