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Inter-regional seminar on national statistical systems reviews in Small Island Developing States

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On 1-3 August 2017, an inter-regional seminar on national statistical systems reviews, was held in Nadi, Fiji, and brought together 25 participants from selected Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as well as regional and sub-regional partner organizations. The seminar was hosted by the Government of Fiji and was jointly organised by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and The Pacific, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The objective of the seminar was to achieve a common and improved understanding among participants on institutional, organisational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the development of national statistical capacities. The seminar was a response to user needs for high-quality and internationally comparable statistics including the production and dissemination of indicators for the follow-up and review of progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It also stimulated an exchange of best practices and lessons learned among countries that underwent a national statistical system review. These best practices could help other SIDS in the Pacific and the Caribbean interested in undertaking such a review.

The seminar generated recommendations on how to best organise and conduct a national statistical system review that would contribute to the preparation, implementation, monitoring and/or updating of national strategies for the development of statistics. Its outcome will also contribute to the updating of the 2003 edition of the United Nations Handbook on Statistical Organisations. The handbook aims at providing guidance to chief statisticians and senior managers of statistical organisations to achieve a modern, more integrated and coordinated national statistical system while reinforcing leadership, communication, and dialogue through institutional and organisational reforms.