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Efforts to strengthen statistical capacities

Strengthening of statistical capacities is emphasised in both the Addis Agenda and the 2030 Agenda.

National statistical development
Upon request by the United Nations Statistical Commission, at its session in 2011, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) conducted in 2013 a global review of the implementation of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. This global review builds on an earlier review conducted in 2002. 
Capacity building and technical assistance

The IMF has been a major player in the global efforts to assist developing countries in improving their macroeconomic statistics, including national accounts, prices, government finance statistics, monetary and financial sector statistics, and a full range of external sector statistics. In the IMF’s fiscal year that ended in April 2016, it sent 563 missions to countries around the world and organized 120 training events reaching thousands of country participants. About half of the technical assistance on statistical issues benefits low-income countries.

Regional efforts
In Asia-Pacific, under the guidance of the Bureau of the ESCAP Committee on Statistics, national and international statisticians and statistics development partners are crafting a framework for collective action that seeks to accelerate a transformation of national statistical systems. The statistical community envisions the organizations, processes, and people comprising the system as enabled and empowered to lead development of and to deliver innovative, trusted and timely products and services for the evolving statistical requirements of Agenda 2030. While building on existing commitments to statistics development at national, sub-regional, regional and global levels, these will serve as springboards for creating resources, designing activities and delivery mechanisms to attain the vision. Actions will be organized and focused around the following areas:
  • Engaging users and investing in statistics
  • Assuring quality and instilling trust in statistics
  • Integrated statistics for integrated analysis
  • Modernizing statistical business processes
  • Having requisite skills set: Transforming into a learning organization