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28 March 2014
WIESBADEN GROUP ON BUSINESS REGISTERS
The Wiesbaden Group is an informal body and participation is voluntary. Participants are, however, required to contribute to the programme of the biannual meetings of the group. Although its mandate does not emanate from a formal body, the Wiesbaden Group reports to the UN Statistical Commission on its activities and recommendations of practices and standards.
Organization of work:
The group was established in 1986 under the name Roundtable of Business Survey Frames and the first meeting took place in Ottawa, Canada. In 2007 the group was renamed to the Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers to be in line with the naming of other UN City Groups. Until 2008 meetings were organized annually; after 2008 the group has met every second year.
In 2005 a Steering Group was set up. The Steering Group includes members of National Statistical offices and international organizations. Current members of the group are: Austria, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States (BLS and CB), Eurostat, OECD and UNECE. Besides assisting the host of the upcoming meeting, the Steering Group ensures coordination with meetings on related topics, promotes the output of the Wiesbaden Group and actively engages the UN Statistical Commission and other senior management forums to promote the work of the Wiesbaden Group and seek their inputs regarding future activities.
The Wiesbaden Group meetings are organized every second year, alternating with the biennial meetings of the Group of Experts on Business Registers jointly organized by UNECE, Eurostat and OECD. The meetings of the Wiesbaden Group and the Expert Group complement each other. To ensure close coordination of work and avoiding duplication of efforts the Steering Group prepares and oversees the activities of both groups and ensures that the agendas of the meetings are coordinated in advance.
The meetings are organized around national progress reports and a number of sessions on selected substantial topics. National progress reports have also been collected for years when the Wiesbaden Group did not meet and disseminated via the Wiesbaden Group website (CIRCABC).
Products of the Wiesbaden Group:
Papers and proceedings of the Wiesbaden Group meetings are publicly available through the CIRCABC website: https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/5003aea0-6de2-47eb-9d0b-465cd12bad24
The next meeting of the Wiesbaden Group, September 2014:
The next meeting of the Wiesbaden Group will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 15-18 September 2014. It will be organized by the Wiesbaden Steering Group and hosted by Statistics Austria.
Information about the meeting and submitted papers and reports will be made available on the meeting’s website, www.statistik.at/wiesbaden2014
The Steering Group has compiled a list of possible topics to be discussed at the meeting in Vienna or in future conferences:
Point of contact for information on the 2014 meeting in Vienna:
Previous meeting of the Wiesbaden group September 2012:
The latest meeting of the Wiesbaden Group took place in Washington, DC, 17-21 September 2012, hosted and organized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the U.S. Census Bureau (CB).
The following countries and organizations participated in the meeting:
Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Republic of Belarus, Russian Federation, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, United States of America, Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United nations Statistical Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The following topics were discussed:
Point of contact for more information about the Wiesbaden Group:
Shirin Anne Ahmed
Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission: