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Obtaining broad consensus to new or updated international statistical standards is not a simple matter. This article describes the governance and process arrangements adopted in the recent update of the UN System of National Accounts and draws out some factors which might be followed in other...
In just four decades the systems of statistics in Africa went through three seismic waves. The first of these occurred immediately in the aftermath of decolonisation. During this time Africa experienced a decade of dramatic rise in the development of its systems of national statistics,...
A pre-requisite for consistent global measurement is strong global statistical infrastructure. A lot of improvements have been made in recent years and there are signs of increasing collaboration. However, there is plenty of scope for improvement and this paper makes a number of suggestions on...
The recent successful completion of the International Comparison Program providing economic statistics for 146 countries provided valuable lessons learned about how to organize, coordinate, and conduct a statistical system involving international, regional, and national statistical Offices. Five...
The attention given by statistical organisations to Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) is currently at unprecedented levels. This paper analyses the reasons for this and describes the key elements of this infrastructure. Furthermore, it describes all the dimensions of the SDMX...
In developing countries like Pakistan data collection is restricted to state institutions. These state based statistical departments face internal as well as external problems. The internal problems include lack of institutional setup and weak infrastructure while the external ones are the low...
The United Nations Statistical Commission and the United Nations Statistics Division have for decades played a signal role in developing and adopting frameworks and classifications intended to promote the comparability of national statistics. This paper looks briefly at the development of...
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