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Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Committee on Statistics, Third session, Bangkok, 12-14 December 2012 - "Regional cooperation on the modernization of official statistics"

After presenting the challenges that regional NSSs have to face not only in Europe and in North America, but also in the Asia-Pacific region, the document describes the events organized since 2010. They identified a number of characteristics of the regional NSIs that must be taken into account during the modernization process, such as lack of knowledge of the concepts, standards and tools, decentralization of statistics collection, lack of legislation on statistics, and, for the least developed countries, lack of the full range of methodological and information technology expertise. Therefore the following two steps were proposed: establishment of an informal expert community of modernization that aims at raising awareness and building capacity and the establishment of the high level strategic body that would be responsible for driving and supporting change towards the modernization of official statistics in the Asia-Pacific region.

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High-Level Group for the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services (HLG)

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