Key Core Business

In order to fulfill the above mission, the following shall be the core business that shall represent Key Success Factors (KSF):

Production and Dissemination of Social Statistics

The range of social statistics will include, statistics and indicators of population and demography, migration and vital statistics, statistics covering all gender issues, labour and employment statistics, culture statistics, education statistics, health statistics including disabilities, geo-information and poverty statistics;

Production and Dissemination of Economic Statistics

These are National Accounts (macro-economic aggregates), finance and external transaction statistics, price statistics, external trade statistics, manufacturing, building, construction and distributive trade statistics, statistics on businesses (large, medium, small and cottage enterprises), and agriculture including livestock and fisheries.

Production and Dissemination of other Statistics

These cover environmental statistics, land degradation/erosion rates, desertification statistics, water and sanitation, meteorology, natural and man-made disasters, wood and fuel consumption, energy use and production, infrastructure statistics including electricity  generation and communication, science and technology statistics, governance statistics, etc.

Provision of Professional Statistical Services

Services provided in this category include the development and preparation of statistical infrastructures for the overall use of the statistical community, technical advice on survey methodology and sampling, data processing, survey implementation and management for other bodies outside the CSA and performing special tabulations and analysis for users of data, re-engineering the system of administrative statistics (SAS) for the entire NSS, coordinating the NSS, data quality assessment of the NSS, training programmes and on the-job guidance for the entire statistical community.

 Core Values and Principles

In addition to being based on and aligning with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (FPOS), all stakeholders within the NSS shall adopt, cultivate and  be guided by the following sets of values and principles:


Users are the reason for the NSS to be in the business of statistical production.   Therefore, the NSS shall be user-demand compliant in responding to user needs and priorities and in reporting/ presenting statistical information.


The NSS shall remain objective and impartial in the analysis and interpretation of data produced and in the release of statistics.  Therefore, the NSS will strictly follow a calendar that is prepared and released in advance.

Supplier Motivation

The NSS shall have a programme for the motivation in terms of awareness creation of suppliers of data/statistical information to secure their cooperation for timely and truthful submission of data. In addition, it shall design programmes in a way to avoid inflicting response burden on the suppliers of data.

Data Quality

For the NSS to be respected and be relied upon as authority in giving quality service, its statistical products and outputs must pass when subjected to the tests of the dimensions of quality, timeliness, consistency, completeness, coherence, reliability, and relevance under the Ethiopian Data Quality Assessment Framework (EDQAF).  For continuous improvement in quality of products and services, NSS will embrace the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM).


Since efficiency is a guarantee for success, the NSS shall promote efficiency by encouraging teamwork, networking, collaboration, motivation, innovation, and cost effectiveness within the NSS.


The NSS must focus on achieving sustainability of its services by ensuring stability of a contented work force and funding processes of its operations.


A high level of professionalism must be brought into the production of statistical outputs using internationally acceptable methods, procedures, and practices so as to retain stakeholders’ trust in Official Statistics.


In order to retain the trust and confidence of the suppliers of data, individual data submitted by respondents, whether they are natural or legal entities, shall be treated with utmost confidentiality throughout the process of compilation and presentation and must be used exclusively for statistical purposes as required by the statistics law.

Regulatory Framework

The NSS shall, at all times, respect the law, regulations and measures underpinning the production processes and should ensure that the provisions of the Act is made public and is meticulously implemented.

Effective Coordination

Coordination, along with collaboration and cooperation, is a critical value that must be upheld in statistical production, management and dissemination by the NSS in order to achieve the synergy and efficiency of the system and as the only way to attain an integrated NSS.

Accountability and Transparency

The NSS shall strive to promote accountability to the public through the provision of reliable and relevant statistics and by ensuring transparency in the data production process, especially in the methodology used for production.

Standardization of Process

The process of generation as already adopted nationally is in line with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, the African Charter on Statistics and the Ethiopia Data Quality Assessment Framework (EDQAF), to mention only a few. Moreover, the choice of sources of data (surveys, censuses and administrative records) should be based on quality, timeliness and cost.