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International Seminar on Modernizing Official Statistics:
Meeting Productivity and New Data Challenges

Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
24 - 26 October 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), are organizing an International Seminar on “Modernizing Official Statistics: Meeting Productivity and New Data Challenges”, from 24 to 26 October 2013 in Tianjin, China.

This workshop is part of a series of high-level events supported by the China Trust Fund for statistical capacity building managed by UNSD. The previous event, the “International Forum on Monitoring National Development” was organized on 27-29 September 2011, in Beijing, China, where over 35 countries were represented.

The Seminar will discuss priority issues in official statistics in improving productivity and quality through modernization of the production process. Discussion on the modernization process will be focused on understanding the generic framework of the statistical production process (GSBPM) as a tool to make improvement at every step of the process.

In addition to improving productivity, the Seminar has also addressed the issue of new data that are emerging. Two prominent sources are the geospatial data and the unstructured “big data”. How should National Statistics Offices incorporate these new sources of data into their work processes and products was the central question. This Seminar also discussed how capacity development efforts could be designed and geared up to assist the developing countries to meet these new challenges.