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Congratulations to former CGD Visiting Fellow (via the Fulbright Scholar Program) Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya for his appointment as Bangladesh's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization. At the WTO, Dr. Bhattacharya will no doubt continue to work on issues that he was working on while at the Center, albeit as an advocate for his government rather than as an academic. During Deb's visit I had the pleasure of co-authoring an issue brief with him on Bangladesh's adjustment to the phase-out of textile and apparel quotas. He will also no doubt want to address the tariff peaks on US imports that hit his country particularly hard. He is going to Geneva during a particularly difficult time, with prospects of a Doha revival fading fast. We here at the Center wish our former colleague the best in his new position.
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Despite improvements in censuses and household surveys, the building blocks of national statistical systems in sub-Saharan Africa remain weak. Measurement of fundamentals such as births and deaths, growth and poverty, taxes and trade, land and the environment, and sickness, schooling, and safety is shaky at best. The Data for African Development Working Group’s recommendations for reaping the benefits of a data revolution in Africa fall into three categories: (1) fund more and fund differently, (2) build institutions that can produce accurate, unbiased data, and (3) prioritize the core attributes of data building blocks.