The event is organized by the Statistical Capacity Building Division of the Statistics Department (ESTA) in the Chief Economist Complex of the AfDB, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency.The goal of the workshop is to inform participants — experts from Ministries of Agriculture and National Statistical Offices (NSO) of 21 regional member countries, representatives of African Union Commission and development partners — about the Global Strategy and the Action Plan. It also provides training on the effective use of Country Assessment instruments in compiling information related to agricultural statistical capacity needs.Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Bank’s Resident Representative in Ethiopia Mr. Lamin Barrow noted that Africa was the first region to champion the implementation of the Global Strategy, following its endorsement by the 41st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2010, by preparing an Action Plan to guide the implementation process in African countries.