The Department of Statistics (DOS) is a governmental institution and was established in 1949, by virtue of the General Statistics Act No. (24) for the year 1950 and its amendments. DOS has become according to this Act the only central statistical agency authorized to perform statistical operations at the national level. The Department of Statistics endeavors to adopt the best administrative and technical statistical practices to attain highest standards in statistics. Therefore, the Department of Statistics does not only aspire to meet the needs of its customers, but also to keep abreast of the latest and most up-to-date statistical techniques in line with its vision, objectives and strategy, which in any way is indivisible from the strategic approach and the national objectives of the Government.