Fourteenth Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices in Asia and the Pacific

Topic:The Future of Economic Statistics
[11 to 12 December, Chiba, Japan]
The Management Seminar aims to strengthen the leadership and management capabilities of the heads of national statistical offices (NSOs) by providing a forum to discuss, exchange views and share experiences. The theme of this year’s seminar is "Future of Economic Statistics". The seminar will draw on the experience of participants in identifying present level of production and use of official economic statistics in countries in the region and further expectation in terms of production of new economic and related indicators.
MS14 Report : Thirteenth Management Seminar for Heads of National Statistical Offices in Asia and the Pacific (pdf)
Concept Note
Provisional daily programme
The Trigger:

 

Session I: Why are we here: the Friends of Chair Group Initiative on the Future of Economic Statistics

The session will start with an overview presentation on the Friends of Chair Initiative and continue with thematic presentations from the users of economic statistics perspective and from regional perspective on the following topics:

1. Globalization and Global Value Chains

 

2. Digitalization/Digital Economy

 

3. Inequality

 

4. Well-being/Beyond GDP

 

5. Sustainability/SDG Indicators

 
Session II: Demands for economic statistics and services

This session will outline the country needs and demands. The session will clarify the existing and new the demand from policy makers/public for current and new statistics. Countries will focus on the following questions in their presentations:

2.1. What kind of requests do NSOs receive from users of economic statistics and which requests are they able to respond to?

 

2.2. What are the new policy requirements and the implications for new statistics and accounts, their compilation and dissemination and for the delivery of new type of services?

 

2.3. Are there policy and user demands for integrated and broader measures of progress which are generally not classified as economic statistics?

 
Session III: Break out session: What new priority statistics is needed for policy formulation?

Group discussion: 5 groups in parallel to give recommendations on the following policy themes:

3.1. Globalization and Global Value Chains

 

3.2. Digitalization/Digital Economy

 

3.3 Inequality

 

3.4. Well-being/Beyond GDP

 

3.5. Sustainability/SDG Indicators

 
Session IV: Global, regional and national initiatives to meet the country needs/ demands

This session will explore how NSOs can be more responsive to the demand from policy makers/public for current or new accounts and statistics. Countries will focus on the following questions in their presentations:

4.1. How can we be more responsive to demands from our users through changes in statistical operations and statistical infrastructure?

 

4.2. How can we increase in-country and multi-country collaboration and increase concerted experimentation on agreed priorities?

 

4.3. How can we improve the agility of our systems of economic statistics and contribute to the update of the system of economic statistics?

 
Session V: Break-out session: How to generate what has been identified as priority economic statistics?

Group discussion: 5 groups will work in parallel to give recommendations on the following five topics:

5.1. Development and update of conceptual frameworks of economic statistics (for macroeconomic, business, trade and price statistics)

 

5.2. How can we increase in-country and multi-country collaboration and increase concerted experimentation on agreed priorities?

 

5.3. Update of the statistical infrastructure including capacity building, update of the legal statistical framework (for use of big data, data sharing, preserving confidentiality), profiling MNEs for statistical registers, introduction of cloud-environment

 

5.4. Development of partnerships for innovative data solutions and mutual country support

 

5.5. System of governance at the national, regional and global level for the system of economic statistics