Pan African Development Information System (PADIS)

Centre de coordination du système panafricain de documentation et d'informatique

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1980-01-30 Addis Ababa Ethiopia


30 Jan 1980, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), as a subsidiary body of E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), following recommendations, 1977, Libreville (Gabon), of the Heads of State of H-XD3027 - Organization of African Unity (OAU) and resolution 359 (XIV), 1979, of ECA Conference of Ministers. Part of the United Nations system. Ceased to exist, 1996.


Assist African States in strengthening national capacities for collection, storage and utilization of data on development through advisory services, training and user services; promote exchange of information for development among African member States; establish a system to improve access to both published and unpublished documents produced in Africa on questions relating to economic, social, scientific and technological aspects of the development; promote the creation of statistical and other numerical databanks on fields of importance to development in the region; promote the improvement of information infrastructure in African member States in order to strengthen bibliographic control of national development information output; train information specialists at national, subregional and regional levels in order to upgrade skills and introduce modern methods of information handling; promote the utilization of common norms and standards of information handling in the Region and ensure compatibility with international information systems.


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'Regional Technical Committee for PADIS', an organ of ECA, reports every 2 years to U-XS0166 - Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Economic and Social Development and Planning. Subregional Technical Committees monitor implementation within their respective subregions. PADIS Director reports to Executive Secretary of ECA.


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