ESCAP opens first Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week

Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week, 2 - 6 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week, 2 - 6 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The inaugural Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week opened in Bangkok today with a three-day seminar co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, to strengthen economic statistics for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

Economic statistics are specifically required for 96 of the 229 current indicators in the global monitoring framework for the SDGs; therefore, there is an urgent need to improve the quality of data and make it more timely and accessible in order to present a complete picture of the region's development. APES has been created as the new regional forum for taking on this challenge.

The seminar, which brings together participants from 35 countries as well as international organizations, to exchange research priorities and best practices, is held back to back with the fifth meeting of the Steering Group for the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics, as part of Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week.

Over 30 papers from ESCAP member States and development partners will be presented at the seminar in areas such as statistical infrastructure, the institutional setting and national experiences of coordination among agencies for economic statistics production and dissemination, as well as topical areas including the labour market, natural resources and the environment.

For the first time, ESCAP is facilitating the generation and exchange of economic statistics research at the regional level. Developed within the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics, the Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week will provide substantive, consistent support to countries for ensuring effective and efficient production and dissemination of basic economic statistics, and share national research studies across the region.

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Proceedings from the seminar are webcast live on ESCAP’sYoutube Channel.