The 5th International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 29 April 29 to 3 May 2019. PARIS21 advocated for innovation management to be a core practice in National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and a key strategic area amidst the emerging challenges and solutions in the wake of the ‘Data Revolution’.
The first part of the week was devoted to training African countries on issues around Big Data and sharing projects across the African continent. On May 1, PARIS21 also participated in the annual meeting of the UN Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics.
The last part of the week dedicated to the conference and included keynote speakers and several high-level panel discussions around statistical development issues. The 5th International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics was held for the first time in Africa. Previous Big Data Conferences took place in Beijing (October 2014), Abu Dhabi (October 2015), Dublin (September 2016) and Bogota (November 2017).
On the sidelines of the conference, PARIS21 conducted training on new functionalities of ADAPT for staff members of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR). Attendees, largely responsible for NSDS development and SDG reporting, welcomed the new features of the tool. Going forward, remote follow-up training sessions will be conducted.