Better Statistics for Better Lives: Asia and Pacific region contributes strongly to the 2018 OECD-International Association for Official Statistics Conference

19 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018
Paris, France

The 2018 International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) bienniel conference was held in Paris, 19-21st September 2018. Hosted jointly by the IAOS and OECD, the conference brought together official statisticians from across the world under the theme of Better Statistics for Better Lives.

Ever wondered what is discussed at a statistical conference? The table below summarises the contributions made from the Asia and Pacific region, and demonstrates the diversity and breadth of interests – measuring sustainable development, compiling official statistics using new technologies, using administrative data for official statistics, statistical literacy, the central role of national statistical offices, innovation and R&D statistics, indigenous statistics, globalization statistics, and so on.

Ten countries from Asia and the Pacific region were represented in the programme – Australia, China, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Russia and the Philippines, as well as ESCAP, the UN Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The region was also represented on the Scientific Programme through Ms Lisa Bersales, the National Statistician of the Philippines and Mr Gary Dunnet, Senior Manager of National Accounts, Statistics New Zealand.

Ms Gemma Van Halderen, Director, ESCAP Statistics Division chaired a session on well-being and the gender perspective, and Mr Daniel Clarke, also from the ESCAP Statistics Division, contributed to a session on new technologies for compiling statistics. Clarke’s paper, Using spatial data to add value to official statistics on population: a case study on measuring resilience of urban development, showcased the use of spatial data and technologies in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, the Republic of Korea and the Philippines.

The annual IAOS Young Statistician Prize, now in its eighth year, was presented by Ms Van Halderen to prize winners, amongst which was Mr Hochang Choi from Statistics New Zealand for his paper, “Adjusting for linkage errors to analyse coverage of the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and the administrative population (IDI-ERP)".

Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidan, Director General of DOSM, Malaysia, made a special presentation during the closing session of the conference, welcoming everyone to Malaysia in 2019 for the 61st World Statistics Congress. This is the third time the World Statistics Congress has been hosted in Asia and the Pacific, and a great honor for the Malaysian Statistical Office. ESCAP looks forward to working closely with the organisers of the Congress and DOSM.

Country Session Papers from the Asia and Pacific region
Australia Measuring Sustainable Development Spatial and machine learning methods of satellite imagery analysis for Sustainable Development Goals, Jacinta Holloway, Kerrie Mengersen and Kate Helmstedt (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Indigenous Statistics: Time for an international response Statistics, rights and recognition: The identification of indigenous peoples, Kalinda Griffiths (Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales, Australia)

Visibility of indigenous peoples in sustainable development indicators, Richard Madden and Clare Coleman (University of Sydney, Australia)
Use of administrative data for compiling statistics Continuing to unlock the potential of new and existing data sources”, Leigh Merrington (ABS, Australia)

The changing role of the Census in Australia’s integrated data landscape, Ross Watmuff and James Mowle * (ABS, Australia)
China From R&D statistics to innovation: China Innovation survey practice in China, Yongxu Deng and Yin Li, Zhikang Jiao (National Bureau of Statistics of China) and Feng Zhen (Renmin University of China)


The status quo and issues of R&D statistics in China, Jingping Li, Minxue Gao (Renmin University of China), Xiaojing Guan and Peng Zhang (National Bureau of Statistics of China)


Joining firm innovation data with patent data, a practice of combining NSI Data with administrative data, Jia Gao, Lei Liu, Fengxin Li (State Intellectual Property Office of China), Peng Zhang (National Bureau of Statistics of China) and Feng Zhen (Renmin University of China)
Republic of Korea New technologies in compiling statistics Estimating fertility differentials by occupation and industry using the 2010 Korean census, Eunkoo Lee (Statistics Korea)
Innovation challenges for official statistics Panel: Bertrand Loison (Swiss Federal Statistical Office), Jinwoo Park (Statistics Korea), Eric Rancourt (Statistics Canada), Michail Skaliotis (Eurostat)
Poster session New challenge of official food and drug statistics in Republic of Korea, WooSun Lee, JongWook Kim, Inmook Na (ICT Management and Statistics Office, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety(MFDS), Republic of Korea
Indonesia Indices and spatial approaches to the measurement of well-being The Construction of well-being index of older people in Indonesia, Sri Hartini Rachmad and Ayesha Tantriana * (BPS Statistics, Indonesia)
Iran Dealing with digitization A review on measuring digital trade & e-commerce as new economic statistics products, Saeed Fayyaz (Statistical Center of Iran)
The use of social media in improving statistical literacy Use of social media to improve statistical literacy, Lida Kalhori Nadrabadi (TMU, Iran)
Malaysia Communication & statistical literacy, strategic issues Globalisation and balance of payments issues
Modernisation of data dissemination: Malaysia’s practice”, Mardziah Nawama and Kanageswary Ramasamy (Statistics Malaysia) Malaysian investment in the global economy: A study on the foreign affiliates performance, Kumutha Shanmugam, Kanageswary Ramasamy * and Rozita Misran (Statistics Malaysia)
New Zealand Central role of national statistical offices Communication in schools and universities
Using what keeps official statistics fit for any time and place for building a wider information (evidence) system for developing and applying policy , Leonard Warren Cook * (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Vince Galvin (Statistics New Zealand) Making official statistics usable by non-statisticians - novel tools for reducing the skill barriers to using official statistics, Andrew Sporle *, Chris Wild, Daniel Barnett and Alexander Stuteley (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Russia Poster session Challenges in measuring poverty in developing countries (on the example of Latin America), Alena Massarova (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)
Singapore Central role of national statistical offices Poster session
Evolving statistics, transforming decisions, Jeremy Heng (Ministry of Manpower, Singapore) Explaining and understanding manpower statistics”, Eugenia Goh (Manpower Research & Statistics Department, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore)
The Philippines Integration of statistical and geospatial data and the SDGs Panel: Kevin McCormack (Central Statistical Office Ireland), Florante Varona (Philippine Statistics Authority), Stefan Schweinfest (UNSD), Ola Awad (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)