Volume 19, No.09 - September 2015

Capacity development

Promoting integrated economic statistics for sound policy and decision-making

Peacekeeping - UNMISDESA’s Statistics Division is co-organizing an international Workshop on Economic Census, Business Registers and Integrated Economic Statistics together with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI). The event will be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, from 29 September to 1 October, and is part of DESA’s Statistics Division’s efforts to promote integrated economic statistics programmes, which will provide governments, researchers, academics, the private sector and the general public with consistent and comprehensive information needed for sound policy and decision-making.

All national statistics offices in Latin America have been invited to participate, as well as experts from Canada and the United States. The objective of the workshop is to share experiences and knowledge in these areas. Among the specific topics to be discussed are major innovations in collecting and disseminating economic census information; using census results for updating the business register; the challenges and opportunities of maintaining micro-level business statistics; the role of the (statistical) business register in the modernization of statistical production; and linking the business register with international trade statistics. INEGI will also share the first results of the recent Mexican economic census.

More information: International Workshop on the Business Register, Economic Census and Integrated Economic Statistics

Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems in Asia and the Pacific

Peacekeeping - UNMISDESA’s Statistics Division is conducting the Sub-regional Workshop on Applying Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System for Implementing the Regional Action Framework for Civil registration and Vital Statistics in Asia, from 15-18 September in Istanbul, Turkey targeting countries in Central Asian region.

This workshop is organised in cooperation with the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and UNESCAP with the contribution from WHO. The purpose of the workshop is to present the revised international statistical standards for civil registration and vital statistics and put them in context of the regional initiatives for improving these systems in Asia and the Pacific; provide an opportunity for participating statisticians and civil registrars to exchange national practices and establish channels for exchanging experiences in the regional settings; and present good practical from countries in the sub-region.

More info:  Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group

Using data to understand entrepreneurship from a gender perspective

afghanistanThe Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project staff will participate in the training of enumerators on the methodology for measuring individual level asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective.

Two training events are jointly organised by the EDGE Project and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The first one will be held in collaboration with the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) from 7 – 9 September in the Philippines. A second training will be organized in collaboration with the Mongolia National Statistics Office (NSO Mongolia) from 11-15 September in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

The PSA and NSO Mongolia have volunteered to conduct pilot surveys for EDGE data collection with financial assistance from the ADB. Findings of these pilot surveys are expected to inform the international methodological guidelines to be developed by the EDGE initiative on measuring individual level asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective.

More information: Evidence and Data for Gender Equality