Technical Advisory Group on the Development of Economic Statistics
Last update: 7 January 2011
Composition of TAG
The ESCAP Technical Advisory Group consists of experts from member States and international, regional and subregional organizations. For specific tasks, the Technical Advisory Group may invite the participation of other agencies and experts.
Country/ International organization
Mr Michael Smedes
Director of National Income and Production Section, ABS
Mr G.M. Boopathy
Deputy Director General, National Accounts Division, CSO
Ms Lazzat Bulebayeva
Deputy Director of National Accounts and Research Department, Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on statistics
Mr Slamet Sutomo
Deputy Chief Statistician, BPS-Statistics Indonesia
Ms Batjargal Badamsetseg
Director of Macro-Economic Statistics Department of the NSO
Mr Jeff Cope
Principal Economic Statistician (ex manager of National Accounts Division), Statistics New Zealand
Ms Chellam Palanyandy
Mr John Frederick de Guia
Senior Officer for Statistics
Ms Bayan Adilbekova
Director of Project & Economic Research & Statistics
Mr Pieter Everaers
Director Agriculture and Environment Statistics, Statistical Cooperation, Statistical Office of the European Communities
Mr James Whitworth (as alternate)
Head of Unit, International Statistical Cooperation, Statistical Office of the European Communities
Mr Jairo Castano
Senior Statistician, Economic & Social Department Group, Bangkok
Mr Manik Shrestha
Deputy Chief of Statistics Department's Real Sector Division
Mr Alick Nyasulu
Macro-economic statistics expert
ESCAP Statistics Division staff providing secretariat functions to the TAG
Ms Rikke Hansen
Chief, Statistical Development and Analysis Section
Mr Daniel Clarke
Statistician, Statistical Development and Analysis Section
The ESCAP Committee on Statistics at its first session considered the proposal entitled "Towards an action plan for the development of economic statistics in the Asian and Pacific region". Further to its consideration, the Committee on Statistics decided to:
Adopt a coordinating governance structure that shall guide the development, implementation and monitoring of an action plan for the development of economic statistics in the Asian and Pacific region.
Establish a technical advisory group to provide guidance to its Bureau and the ESCAP secretariat on the development and periodic revision of a regional programme for the development of economic statistics.
Provide guidance to its Bureau and the ESCAP secretariat on methodological issues related to the development and periodic revision of a regional programme (action plan) for the development of economic statistics.
Formulate a minimum core set of economic statistics that each member and associate member in the Asia-Pacific region would be in a position to produce, taking into account the varying country needs and work on the development of economic statistics undertaken by specialized bodies and related organizations in the region.
Selection of Membership
The ESCAP secretariat, in consultation with the Bureau of the ESCAP Committee on Statistics, shall decide on the exact composition of the ESCAP Technical Advisory Group on the Development of Economic Statistics.
The ESCAP secretarial shall issue invitations to all regional member States inviting the participation of experts to join the Technical Advisory Group.
The members of the TAG will not be paid by the United Nations and, will not be considered staff members; hence, they will not be entitled to the privileges and immunities accorded to staff members of the United Nations.
Generally, the ESCAP Technical Advisory Group on the Development of Economic Statistics shall meet twice yearly either in person or using other means, including through ICT and exchange of e-mails. It is also envisaged that the Technical Advisory Group shall review issues by means of electronic discussion.
The main deliverables of the ESCAP Technical Advisory Group on the Development of Economic Statistics shall be the following:
Recommendations on the development of the assessment framework, conduct of the assessment and preparation of the report;