Efforts to institutionalise the collection and dissemination of statistical information in Ghana began in 1891 when the first population census in the Gold Coast was conducted. The Office of the Government Statistician was established in 1948 and was expanded and renamed the Central Bureau of Statistics in 1961. Subsequently, the Statistical Service Law, 1985 (PNDCL 135) was promulgated to establish the Ghana Statistical Service as an autonomous independent public service with a Board of Directors who report directly to the Office of the President.
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The Ghana Statistical Service has been consistent in performing its legal functions to serve the needs of individuals, organisations, development partners and the government without hindrance. However, the need to improve the legal framework to reflect changes in the statistics landscape worldwide has resulted in the promulgation of a new law- Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) to replace the Statistical Service Law, 1985. The New Law establishes the Ghana Statistical Service as the central statistics producing and co-ordinating institution for the National Statistical System and to strengthen the production of quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information for the purpose of national development.