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The Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers is a UN city group and the suc= cessor of the International Roundtable on Business Survey Frames (IRTBSF). = Its main purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experi= ences as well as the conduct of joint work related to the development, main= tenance and use of business registers to support survey sampling and other = statistical activities related to the production of business statistics. Th= e Wiesbaden Group is engaged with contemporary and emerging issues in the d= evelopment and use of business registers. In particular, the Wiesbaden Grou= p aims at tackling forward looking matters and identifying new challenges c= oncerning business registers.=20
The 22 nd Wiesbaden Group meeting was held in Tallinn in September 2010,= hosted by Statistics Estonia. The meeting gathered 77 participants from 39= delegations and was organised in eight sessions. The themes of meeting wer= e: Concepts and Methods for Information and Data Sharing, Profiling (Costs = and Benefits), Co-operation with administrative sources, Register Quality, = Improving sector's coverage of the BR, Technical developments of the regist= ers and Business Registers and Business Statistics in Developing Countries.==20
In 2012, a meeting is planned in September in Washington, United States = of America, hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and the U.S. Cen= sus Bureau. The frequency of meetings was set to every two years - alternat= ing with the joint seminar (UNECE, OECD und Eurostat) on business registers= .=20
All reports and papers of the Wiesbaden Group were made public through t=
he CIRCA website.
The agenda and complete set of papers and presentations of the 22nd meet=
ing in Tallinn can be found at:
The focus of work of the Wiesbaden Group is determined by a Steering Gro=
up, composed both by National Statistical Institutes and international orga=
nisations. Current members of the group are Eurostat, France, Germany, OECD=
, UNECE, United Kingdom, United States (BLS and CB). Besides assisting the =
host of the next meeting the Steering Group:
=E2=80=A2 Promotes globa= l, integrated, statistical system design in countries and international org= anizations;
=E2=80=A2 Ensures the pertinence of Wiesbaden Group meeti= ng agendas and coordination with meetings on related topics;
=E2=80= =A2 Promotes the exchange of experiences between producers and users in dev= eloping Business Registers as backbone of economic statistics, enterprise p= rofiling, the treatment of enterprise groups, business demography statistic= s design, entrepreneurship indicators, and the like;
=E2=80=A2 Advert= ises the output of the Wiesbaden Group in other international and national = fora and seeks feedback;
=E2=80=A2 Actively engages the UN Statistica= l Commission, Conference of European Statisticians (CES), Committee on Stat= istics of OECD (CSTAT), and other senior management forums and seeks their = inputs regarding future activities.
Point of contact:=20
22nd Wiesbaden Group meeting: Svetlana Shutova, Statistics Estonia: (sve=
Next meeting: Shirin Anne Ahmed (Shirin.Anne.= Ahmed@Census.GOV).