The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has raised concern over low levels of participation by industry during the recent industrial production survey, a development which the institution feels is threatening the collection and dissemination of comprehensive data for business and economic planning.
The concern raised by ZIMSTAT over low response rate from industry on production survey comes at the back of growing worries by users of statistics regarding the research gap in the country and outdated statistics.
ZIMSTAT Acting Director General, Mr. Moffat Nyoni appealed for increased participation of industry in order to ensure the attainment of comprehensive data which can be used for planning and execution of key economic programmes.
Mr. Nyoni however assured the information users that despite limited response from industry, the institution was able to arrive at acceptable findings through the use of guidelines contained in the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS).
Figures from the institution indicate that based on the Census of Industrial Production (CIP) which is a measure of the performance of industry in terms of gross output and value addition, in 2009, the mining and manufacturing industries recorded significant resurgence recording 50.7 and 37.1% capacity utilisation respectively.Â