This is a vital moment for regional development data and statistics. The agreed upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will put unprecedented pressure on regions to produce more and better data for monitoring, reporting and decision making. Regional cooperation will be of pivotal importance to produce quality, comparable and harmonized data to support development specifically to design, implement and evaluate regional and national policies and programs.
PARIS21 Regional Forum endeavours to establish the objectives and purpose behind regional statistics, the different strategies and programs, how statistics cooperation effectively contributes to improved national and regional statistical capacities, and the benefits derived from such cooperation.
The 2-day forum brought together regional bodies and development partners from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Europe to discuss various experiences, and share good practices and lessons learned in regional statistical cooperation. The shared lessons and experiences will serve as foundations for set of recommendations to inform the guidelines on regional strategies for the development of statistics (RSDS) to be released in 2016. The Forum recognised the critical role regional organisations will play in global and national statistical development post-2015.
Below you can find, the agenda, list of participants, a summary of the forum and keynote presentations of the various sessions:
- Keynote speech, Kako Nubukpo, Oxford University and Former Minister of Public Policy Evaluation and Long Term Strategy, Togo (English, French)
- Regional statistical co-operation: An overview, El Iza Mohamedou, PARIS21 Secretariat
- Regional statistics co-operation: Assessment framework and preliminary findings from studies, Len Cook, PARIS21 Consultant
- Key areas of leadership, Paul-Henri Nguema Meye, Afristat
- Statistical indicator system to assess integration process, Bakary Sacko, West Africa Economic Monetary Union
- Statistical co-operation in SIDS: how distinctive regional characteristics shape the regional statistical system, Gerald Haberkorn, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
- Harmonization of statistics and shaping wider international agenda, Nazaria Baharudin, Malaysia/Association for South East Asian Nations
- RSDS and NSDS: Complementary and mutually reinforcing processes, Fernando Ramirez, Costa Rica/CENTROESTAD-SICA
- Regional Collaboration Developing statistical processes and frameworks, Taeke Gjaltema, UN Economic Commission for Europe
- SDMX data management tool, David Barraclough, Statistics Directorate, OECD
- Elements of an Effective RSDS, Akim Jere, Southern African Development Community