The Central Statistics Department under the Ministry of Finance & Economics Affairs
draws its mandate from the Statistics Act 1972. The Act makes provision for the collection, compilation, analysis,
abstraction, and publication of statistical information and related matters. But due to numerous factors the official
statistics system headed by the department fails to meet its obligation of effectively providing statistical services to
statistic users including government. There was therefore the need to establish a statistical system in The Gambia that
meets the need of the country and other users and is recognized as being efficient and effective. This leads to the
establishment of The Gambia Bureau of Statistics under the Statistics Act of 2005. The Act also establishes for the
bureau the National Statistics Council to carry out the functions and manages the affairs of the bureau.
The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) is a semi-autonomous statistic agency under
the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA). The bureau is the supervisory authority for the national statistical
system and is the only body in the country entrusted to provide official statistics and is responsible for the collection,
production and dissemination of integrated, relevant, reliable and timely statistical information.
GBoS has an elaborate infrastructure for data collection such as Statistical Officers
and trained enumerators. The Bureau is also the custodian of all official statistical information and for this it archive
information of all national surveys including National Population and Housing Censuses. The Statistician General is
the Chief Executive Officer of The Bureau and provides strategic leadership and direction to the organization for the
implementation of all policies, programs and action plans. The bureau has six directorates.