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Bangkok - 25 Aug 2020

News Number: N/13/2020

The seventh session of the Committee on Statistics

This week, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will bring together senior statisticians, government officials and leading experts to review how official statistics can be further integrated with policy and analysis to support the region in building back better post-COVID-19.

The seventh session of the Committee on Statistics will focus on three priority areas highlighted by countries in the region: accounting for integrated statistics and analysis, embracing big data to modernize official statistics and transforming human resources management.

The Committee will also deliberate upon matters of strategic importance to regional statistical development, regional cooperation and the formulation of regional positions to advance official statistics in line with existing commitments, including the 2016 Collective Vision and Framework for Action by the Asia-Pacific statistical community and the 2019 Declaration on Navigating Policy with Data to Leave No One Behind.

Members of the media and public are invited to participate via the webcasts on

When:  26 to 28 August, 10:00 – 13:00hrs (GMT+7)

Key speakers at the opening session on 26 August, 10:00 – 10:40hrs:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP;
  • H.E. Ms. Takaichi Sanae, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communication, Government of Japan; 
  • Ms Wanpen Poonwong, Director-General, National Statistical Office, Thailand;
  • Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician, Department of Statistics, Malaysia;
  • Mr. Yoshikai Shojiro, Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, Government of Japan.

For more information and the full programme, visit:

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