Peru: On track
On the 16th April 2013, Peru officially presented its second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (2013-17). The event, which took place in Lima was facilitated by PARIS21 and organized in close co-ordination with the National Statistical Institute of Peru. The event confirmed the solid political support for the strategy, as it was launched by the Prime minister, Juan Jiménez Mayor, and was very well attended with 150 participants, including users and producers from across the National Statistical System as well as regional government leaders.
The presentation of the new National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) NSDS was also on the agenda of the 6th meeting of the statistical co-ordination group. The NSDS link to the Agriculture Sector Strategy and the Global Strategy for the Improvement of Agriculture and Rural Statistics was ensured and the follow-up through a joint mission FAO/PARIS21 is continuing. This year, with the support of various partners, including PARIS21 and EUROSTAT, the National Statistical Institute of Peru (INEI) has also published and disseminated a Statistics Code of Practice for Peru, approved by Supreme Decree. An English version of the Code was also produced. Finally, the INEI has been a key player in South-South co-operation encouraged by PARIS21 in the region, sharing best practices with SICA-CENTROESTAD in Central America, and been a driving force within Andean Community statistical meetings.
Andean Community: New Regional Statistical Programme takes shape
The annual NSDS regional meeting took place in Cartagena on 18-19 April.
The event was supported by PARIS21 with co-ordination with the Andean Community and the National Statistical Institute of Colombia (DANE). Andean community countries (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia) exchanged knowledge and experiences on their second NSDS design processes. The new regional statistical programme of the Andean community was presented. A specific demand to organize a regional meeting on statistical legislation was submitted to PARIS21 by the Andean Community Secretariat. The date has tentatively been fixed for October 2013.
Central America SICA-CENTROESTAD: Good dynamics
The strong thrust behind the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in Central America is being maintained. PARIS21 was represented at a meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the end of May 2013, where various Central American regional institutions and the Central American statistical commission (CENTROESTAD) including the national statistical offices from all SICA member countries met to discuss their common Action Plan. CENTROESTAD officially asked that the support of PARIS21 to the process be maintained.
Haiti: A roadmap for progress
In March 2013, meetings were held with the Director of the IHSI, the NSDS co-ordinator and the Haiti National statistical Office (IHSI) team. During a workshop organised on 6 March by the Observatoire National de la Pauvreté et de l’Exclusion Sociale (ONPES) and the Statistical Institute (IHSI), PARIS21 delivered a presentation to the main representatives of the line ministries. Close co-ordination continues with the other partners, in particular with the representatives of the European Union. The key to future work will be the political approval of the Roadmap. The IHSI and the EU expressed their attachment to the PARIS21 support in Haiti and its role as facilitator.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: Strategic plans on statistics
Jose Ramon G. Albert, Secretary General, National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) of the Philippines reports on developments: In the first part of 2013, PARIS21 has been scaling up its activities in the Asia and Pacific region. Assistance in the development and implementation of National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) is in the pipeline for some Pacific countries such as Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea as well as on the continent, specifically in Myanmar and Nepal. These endeavours are part of PARIS21’s programme of strengthening the statistical capacity of national statistical systems to formulate important strategic plans on statistics.
PARIS21 also actively supports the strengthening of two regional statistical bodies in Asia:
1) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
2) The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) through the development of their respective regional strategies for the development of statistics (RSDS).
Collaboration with the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) is taking place to produce an advocacy video that will highlight the critical importance of statistics in the Pacific. All these activities indicate encouraging engagement of PARIS21 in the region. It is hoped that further expansion will take place in the coming years.
AFRICA: Moving forward in all parts of the continent
From 21-25 January, the PARIS21 Secretariat, jointly with the African Development Bank, the UNECA and the ENSEA Abidjan, undertook a review of the 2008-12 NSDS. The final report has been submitted to the national authorities in April and will be officialy presented to the stakeholders in Freetown very soon.
On 6 February 2013, the PARIS21 Secretariat held a workshop in Conakry, Guinea, with the main objective of integrating National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) into the third Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (DSRPIII). The workshop brought together participants from the permanent secretariat of poverty reduction strategy, the National Statistics Office of Guinea, and the National Statistics Office of Ivory Coast. They discussed the results of an evaluation of the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (DSRPII) and the political role of the NSDS in the field of development.
Ghana and Benin
The PARIS21 Secretariat has launched pilot exercises of the Country Report on Support to Statistics (CRESS) in Ghana and Benin in co-operation with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Institut National de Statistique et de l'Analyse Economique du Bénin (INSAE). Results are expected in July. In Madagascar, PARIS21 facilitated and funded a user/producer workshop in Toamasina, on 25-26 March 2013. This meeting brought together all producers and users of statistics in Madagascar and contributed to the preparation of the 2nd National Strategy on the Development of Statistics (NSDS).
In March, the PARIS21 Secretariat undertook the evaluation on the 2008-12 NSDS implementation. A workshop with all the stakeholders will be organized in September or October in Monrovia, with the support of PARIS21,to present the results of this review.
Democratic Republic of Congo
PARIS21 was in in Kinshasa, DRC (along with the World Bank) in March to assist the National Statistical Institute in the preparation of a high-level meeting with Ministers and key Development Partners for the funding of the NSDS and the population and housing census.
PARIS21, along with African Institutions involved in statistical development (AfDB, AUC and UNECA) have jointly produced an advocacy booklet to highlight to high-level African authorities, the importance of the role of statisticians in the post-2015 MDG debate. This booklet was used at the Sixth Joint Annual Meetings of ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (21-24 March 2013). All Ministers attending this conference received the booklet and were made acutely aware of the key role of statistics in this important development agenda.
African Union Commission
The PARIS21 Secretariat assisted the African Union Commission in the preparation of the events of the fiftieth anniversary of the Pan African Organization. Several documents have been produced in conjunction with the AUC for this occasion.