Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS)
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) is the prime official agency of Pakistan, responsible for collection, compilation and dissemination of reliable and timely statistical information to the policy makers, planners and researchers. It publishes a variety of reports, based on primary and secondary data, especially on economics and social aspects of the country. After independence of Pakistan, Central Statistical Office (CSO) was setup by the Government of Pakistan in 1950 as an attached department of Economic Affairs Division. Since then statistical system was reviewed from time to time by both local and foreign consultants. In 1972, on the recommendation of IBRD Mission, Central Statistical Office (CSO) was upgraded to a full-fledged Statistics Division. The Division was re-organized in 1981 and its technical wing (the then CSO) was converted into Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) as one of its attached departments. As a step forward Government of Pakistan has established Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, by merging Federal Bureau of Statistics, the Population Census Organization, The Agriculture Census Organization and the Technical wing of Statistics Division.
Functions of PBS Collection, compilation and analysis of statistical data relating to various sectors of economy Publication of statistical data Supply of statistical information to Federal Ministries, Provincial Governments and other organizations Research with a view of improving statistics Exchange of statistical information with foreign countries Technical advice and statistical coordination with other departments Evaluation and introduction of standard concepts, definition and classifications pertaining to national statistical series Clearance of statistical projects undertaken by different organizations Evaluation of efficient computation methods for statistical estimation Implementation of policy laid down by the Ministry / Division by suitably adopting the Statistical System of Pakistan to conform with the policy Undertaking the National censuses and surveys