The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has initiated a six-day training workshop for 400 field supervisors and enumerators ahead of the Integrated Business Economic Survey (IBES) set to take place in the Ga East and Adentan Municipalities.
The purpose of the training is to equip participants with the necessary skills to collect accurate data within the Municipalities for the nationwide survey, essential for compiling the IBES report.
The IBES, the fifth economic census conducted by the GSS, comprises two phases: IBES I and IBES II. IBES I focuses on creating a comprehensive business register, while IBES II, a sample survey, delves into the detailed operational activities of businesses across all sectors of the economy.
Madam Priscilla Opoku, the Centre Lead for Ga East and Adentan Municipal Assemblies, highlighted the importance of the workshop in ensuring participants understand the protocols and questions to obtain accurate responses.
She emphasized the confidentiality of the information collected, stating that enumerators and supervisors have sworn an oath of secrecy, with any violation constituting a criminal offense punishable by law.
Phase one of the census commenced on January 15, 2024, and the fieldwork is expected to last for 21 days.
Madam Opoku appealed to the public for cooperation, urging them to spare a few minutes for the enumerators. She stressed the significance of the collected data for policymaking in the country.
“We are pleading with the public to give the enumerators a few minutes of their time. We know they are busy, especially with these firms, but for the sake of Ghana, we need all these things for policymaking,” she urged.
Enumerators and supervisors have been instructed to wear blue reflector jackets with the GSS logo, accompanied by their identity cards during the fieldwork.