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Classification of Individual Consumption According to purpose

Country / Area: Palestine

Classification category: Expenditure classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Classification of Individual Consumption According to purpose COICOP
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=5
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?1) Sections 1-12 for household expenditure.
2) Section 13 for non profit organisation.
3) Section 14 for general government expenditure
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.PCBS used classification as the same classification that used in the COICOP at United Nations Statistical Division but with different coding.
At UNSTAT, Section1: food and non-alcoholic beverages. (01.1.1 bread and cereals)
At PCBS. Group 1-group12 is the food and non-alcoholic groups for example:
group1: bread and cereals (bread 106, rice 101,,,etc), group2: meats and poultry.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes it is, the section, division, group and class are the same with international standard classification with using different codes.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Yes it is, the section, division, group and class are the same with international standard classification but with different coding.
Additional groups were added; the own produced groups (food and non food).
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.No deviation from international standard
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)At class level
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.----
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.This classification is used in the Expenditure and Consumption Survey, National Account.
Data collection, sample design (groups-Sections-).
Data publishing (class level)
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Import and Export Companies
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?No
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)2003
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Expenditure and Consumption Survey 2004
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Special Consumption and Expenditure Classification for Commodities by Activity
تصنيف انفاق واستهلاك الاسرة من السلع حسب النشاط
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe local classification is linked to the international one to the fourth level (Group level)
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))1) Group1-group12: food and non-alcoholic beverages. e.g (01.1.1 bread and cereals)
2) Group 13-30: Non-Food:
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not yet
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1996
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No, according to the current classification of COICOP.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Within the questionnaire (word)
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?No
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationPalestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryE-Mail: diwan@pcbs.gov.ps
P.O.Box 1647, Ramallah, Palestine.
Tel: (972/970) 2-2982700
Fax: (972/970) 2-2982710
Website: http://www.pcbs.gov.ps
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant----

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/20/2012