In line with the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics and its call for all low-income countries to have a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) by 2006, Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) co-organized a series of four sub-regional High-Level Forums on strategic planning for statistics for Asian countries, funded by a UNDP-managed Japanese trust fund. The first of these forums was held for South Asian countries from 13-15 December 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The High-Level Forum for Central Asian countries was held from 17 to 19 May 2006 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The objectives of the meeting were to assess the current status of strategic statistical planning in the sub-region; to identify the successes and constraints being experienced in implementing existing plans; and to consider solutions to those constraints and practical next steps.
UNESCAP and PARIS21 collaborated with the Kyrgyz National Statistical Committee, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CISSTAT) in the organization of the Forum.