1.0 General Information

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 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..

The NBS NBS has decentralized its activities through the existence of Statistical Units in many Government Ministries, Departments (MDAs) and Agencies. These units are staffed by officers who are servicing their respective MDAs in all statistical matters but are not on the establishment of the NBS.

2.0   Vision and Mission

To become a one-stop centre for official statistics in Tanzania.

To produce quality official statistics and services that meet needs of national and international stakeholders for evidence based planning and decision making.

3.0   Services
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 conduct Population and Housing Census in collaboration with Office of Chief Government Statistician, Zanzibar,
  2. To conduct surveys and provide technical advice on sampling, statistical data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of collected data,
  • To collect data from various sources, analyze, publish, and distribute to stakeholders,
  1. To develop standards, methods and provide interpretation of concepts and definitions,
  2. To provide raw data for researchers and other stakeholders,
  3. To prepare maps needed for various surveys and censuses, and
  • To provide professional advice and instructions on how to use Statistical information according to specific customer requirement.

 4.0   Corporate Information (Insert a link to access the following documents)

  • Principles of Official Statistics
  • Governance (Organogram)
  • Business Plan
  • Strategic Plan
  • Client Service Charter
  • Annual Reports

5.0   Statistics Legislation (Insert a link to access the current statistics legislation)

6.0   Contacts

The Director General

National Bureau of Statistics

18 Kivukoni Road

P.O.Box 796



Phone: +255 22 2122722/3/4,
Fax: +255 22 2130852,
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Website: www.nbs.go.tz