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On 29 October 2020, PARIS21 will launch an international task team convening representatives of national statistics offices (NSOs), government institutions, civil society organisations, the private sector and academia.

Their shared vision is to improve the way they coordinate and communicate statistical activities across various institutions, levels and partners. With this goal and the needs of low- and middle-income countries in mind, the task team aims to:

  • create a forum for exchange on best practices,

  • forge a common understanding of coordination capacity,

  • identify coordination drivers and

  • recommend indicators to measure coordination in statistics.

Why do we need a task team?

Coordination is a key dimension of statistical capacity and has long filled a prominent position on the global statistical agenda. In the light of new technologies and digitalisation on the rise, improved coordination and data management capacity are needed even more urgently. Yet, mainly due to a missing common definition, it remains a challenge to measure the capacity of statistical offices to coordinate successfully.

The task team intends to address those challenges and support NSOs in synchronising activities, responsibilities and structures, for instance through National Strategies for the Development of Statistics. Lastly, the output of the work will feature in the PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor, a platform presenting indicators on statistical capacity and trends, and inform the next PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Development Outlook 2021.

Timeline and topics of the next meetings:




Meeting 1 - 29 October 2020


Dennis Mapa Philippines



by Dr. Dennis Mapa, National Statistician of the Philippines Statistics Authority and Co-Chair of the task team


Francois Fonteneau



by François Fonteneau, Deputy Head of PARIS21 and Co-Chair of the task team


Group work


by Julia Schmidt and Guglielmo Zappalá, PARIS21 




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