Functions of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Tanzania

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has been established as an autonomous public office by the Statistics Act, 2015 and has the mandate to provide official statistics to the Government, business community and the public at large. The Act also gives NBS the mandate to play the role as a co-coordinating agency, within the National Statistical System (NSS) to ensure that quality official statistics is produced. Before the enactment of the Statistics Act of 2015, the NBS was one of the Government Executive Agencies which was established on the 26th March, 1999 under the Executive Agencies Act, 1997.


ROLES / Functions of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Tanzania

The NBS which is the central depository for all official statistics produced in Tanzania, is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of official statistics. Specifically, the services offered by NBS, include:

  1. To collect data from various sources, analyze, publish, and distribute to stakeholders,
  2. To conduct surveys and provide technical advice on sampling, statistical data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of collected data whenever requested by a user/stakeholder,
  3. To develop standards, methods and provide interpretation of concepts and definitions,
  4. To provide raw data for researchers and other stakeholders,
  5. To prepare maps needed for various surveys and censuses


National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) website is


Statistician General,

National Bureau of Statistics,

P.O. Box 2683,


Tel: +255 26 2963822

Fax: +255 26 2963828

Email:[email protected]


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