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Strengthening capacity in the most vulnerable countries in the Economic Commission for Europe region for the sustainable development of statistics

Background:

Countries with economies in transition in the ECE region have been confronted with the rapid and complete transformation of their national statistical systems over the past 20 years. The provision of timely, reliable and internationally comparable statistics remains a major challenge for producers of official statistics in the region, with further development of statistical capacities requiring a series of adjustments on the institutional, organizational and technical levels.

The project reflects the call of the Rio+20 summit to provide support to Governments in integrating relevant data into national statistics and complies with requests of the statistical authorities of the beneficiary countries.

The project will build on global assessments of national statistical systems conducted from 2010 to 2012 in Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian countries by ECE and partner organizations (Eurostat, the European Free Trade Association and the World Bank), which include key findings and recommendations on countries’ capacities to produce internationally compliant statistics for achieving the sustainable development of official statistics. Global assessments provide in-depth and comprehensive analyses of the institutional, organizational and technical capacity of countries to produce statistics in compliance with international standards, and suggest concrete recommendations for the sustainable development of national statistical capacities. In the framework of this project, findings and recommendations from the global assessments will be clearly identified, developed and finally approved by the relevant national authorities. In order to implement them in a coordinated and sustainable way, recommendations will be incorporated into the existing multi-year (strategic) and annual (operational) statistical work programmes of each beneficiary country. In countries where the World Bank, jointly with national authorities, is developing a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, recommendations will be incorporated into the National Strategy. National statistical work programmes, including National Strategy, will serve as a framework for the coordination of technical assistance and for mobilizing financial resources from international and bilateral donors. The project will provide support to producers of official statistics in eight beneficiary countries (Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan) in addressing these gaps, allowing for the monitoring of their economic, social and environmental reforms.

During the implementation phase, ECE will provide advisory services and organize national and subregional workshops and training seminars, in particular on the development of web-based dissemination and communication tools and strategies. The project will draw on existing mechanisms and established partnerships with national and international statistical agencies under the Conference of European Statisticians. Targeted countries will also benefit from the experience and good practice in the recent development of national statistical systems of other Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian countries.

Objective:

To enhance the national capacity of the most vulnerable ECE countries for sustainable development of statistics through the implementation of recommendations from the global assessments

Expected accomplishments:

  • Recommendations from global assessments are endorsed by relevant national authorities and incorporated into the multi-year (strategic) and annual (operational) statistical programmes of work
  • Strengthened capacities of the target countries to build sustainable institutional, organizational and technical capacities for collecting, processing, analysing and disseminating statistical information in line with the recommendations incorporated into the national statistical programmes

Implementation status:

Summary of the progress report for 2014


The following activities have taken place/ are ongoing:

  • An advisory mission and national workshop were organised in Kyrgyzstan in October 2014. The mission responded to the country's request to follow-up on the implementation of recommendations from the Global Assessment (GA) of National Statistical System of Kyrgyzstan and provided support in the revision of the Law on State Statistics (LSS) in order to bring the scope and the institutional framework of official statistics fully in line with the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.
  • The first sub-regional workshop was organised on 10-11 December 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan to introduce the project, and to discuss its objectives, the implementation strategy and the monitoring tools with the target countries.
  • Based on requests for support from target countries (namely: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine) in developing statistical laws, UNECE has begun work on the Generic Statistical Law (GSL).