Imagine trying to govern a country that lacks adequate statistics about economic activity, healthcare, crime, education, urban development and environmental pollution.

Imagine a country that relies heavily on tourism but has no figures showing why people visit or what they think of their stay.

Imagine a country that relies heavily on agriculture, and yet has produced no data on the quality of cultivable land since the 1970s.

"In effect, this gives the Egyptian state a monopoly on statistics & for 30 yrs at least central statistics has been headed not by professional statisticians but by a succession of major-generals from the military"

"Anyone wishing to compile data independently, through surveys or interviews, must first obtain a permit from the "General Department for Security" & that even applies to university students"

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