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Mrs Araba Forson


Acting Deputy Govt. Statistician


Mrs Araba Forson - Acting Deputy Govt. Statistician

Araba is currently the longest-serving professional staff at GSS. She started her career at GSS in September 1987 as an Assistant Statistician. With less than a year to retire, her experience cuts across economic, social and demographic statistics.

Araba’s initial assignment at GSS as Greater Accra regional coordinator of Ghana's 1987 National Industrial census exposed her to the interesting practicalities associated with the production of official statistics.  Supervisory visits to salt mining beaches of Ada and the oil refinery in Tema provided the stimulus to consider a career in statistics. She later coordinated the 2003 National Industrial Census which formed the basis for weighting and sampling for the Producer Price Index published monthly by the Service.

she contributed to the conduct of the 2010 Population and Housing Census as a member of the Census Coordinating team and later as Acting Census Coordinator, she led the preparation of 2010 Census National Analytical report.

She has contributed to the work of United Nations expert groups on economic classifications and occupations since 2006 and has led the publication of analytical reports in industrial and demographic statistics. In addition, she was an author of Sierra Leone's 2015 Population and Housing Census Analytical report on Children Adolescents and Youth as well as Ghana's 2010 PHC Analytical Report on the Aged.

Araba is currently the Acting Deputy Government Statistician (Operations) and a member of the 2020 Population and Housing Census Coordinating Team. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Postgraduate diploma in Economic Statistics and National Accounts from the University of East Anglia.

Her knowledge and skills in Management Information Systems and Project Management have been brought to bear in the operations of the Service both internally and within the National Statistical System.

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