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Finance Secretary stresses the importance of gathering information to shape public policies

Statistics

Waldery Rodrigues opened workshop in Brasilia with IBGE president Susana Guerra

The special secretary of Finance of the Ministry of Economy, Waldery Rodrigues, reiterated on Tuesday morning (27/8), in Brasilia, the confidence in the leading role of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) to collect quality information, aimed at improving economic analysis in the country.

“As IBGE is linked to the Special Secretariat of Finance, we have a great interaction, reinforcing its importance in coordinating the national statistics system,” he said during the opening of the workshop “The future of statistics: a discussion about the use of administrative records. in Brazil".

According to the secretary, the objective is to improve the generation of information, avoiding rework in the collection of data by the most different public administration agencies. “What is expected in terms of information generation is that they are always more efficient and have lower production costs,” he noted.

Waldery emphasized that IBGE's role is fundamental for public policies to be well designed. According to him, economic laws are universal, do not change over the years and not even among the most different countries. "But the input of economic analysis can always be improved, for example, with quality data that has implications for the country's progress," he said.

Challenges

The Secretary of Finance recalled that the current government forecast is for growth of 0.81% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, but said there are indicators that this number could increase. "There are reforms underway, measures to stimulate capital market growth and measures to strengthen the credit market," he said, always citing the importance of data collection for the preparation of measures.

The IBGE president, Susana Guerra, stressed at the workshop the constant challenges of the agency, citing the importance of taking advantage of technological advances for information gathering; the improvement of the data storage system, with frequent updating, ensuring a “living register”; ensuring confidentiality and privacy of information; building a community of users who benefit from the data generated; and the ongoing assessment of the quality of information.

“This constant evaluation makes it possible to use fewer resources in the field (data collection) and more in the quality of information”, he analyzed.

Also attending the event was World Bank director Paloma Casero. For her, this is a topic of international interest, because the largest capital of modernity in the world has been the amount of information generated and digitally collected. "There is an immense importance in discussing innovation in the field of statistics," he said.