ISLAMABAD - Federal Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has appreciated the initiative of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) team on skill improvement and directed that the remaining work on the collection of data and necessary information should be completed as soon as possible.

He was chaired a meeting to review the working of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) here on Friday.

The Minister directed that the survey of rural areas may also be initiated and completed expeditiously, so that updated data is available to the decision-makers for informed decisions.

Chief Statistician, Asif Bajwa on the occasion briefed the Minister on various activities of PBS. He made a detailed presentation on the “Urban-Rural Areas Frame Updation” Project and informed that the PBS surveyors have done most of the work of compilation of the digital map of the urban areas of Pakistan. The remaining work will be completed in within 6-8 weeks time. The work has been carried out in coordination with the provincial governments.

He also briefed the Minister regarding the project of “Rebasing of National Accounts”. It was stated that PBS has completed four surveys, including Construction Survey, Small & Household Manufacturing Industries Survey, Rent Survey, Household integrated Income and Consumption Survey. In the coming year Agriculture survey, Industrial Survey, Wholesale and Retail Trade Survey, Study on Road Transport and Electricity Establishment Survey shall be completed.

The Chief Statistician further informed the Minister that PBS has started a program for the In-house Training and skill improvement of its staff for better performance. Along with improving the skills, new technologies and software updates are also being introduced to ensure better performance of the Institution.

Senior officials of Ministry of Finance and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics participated in the meeting.