Economic Statistics

FOCG on Economic Statistics

Friends of the Chair Group on Economic Statistics


The Friends of the Chair Group on Economic Statistics was created by the 50th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. The Commission:

  • Requested the Friends of the Chair Group be established for a period of not more than two years to undertake an assessment on the efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness of the governance of the current system of economic statistics, without creating more bureaucracy or adding undue burden on NSOs and international organisations;
  • Requested the Friends of the Chair Group to take stock of existing initiatives and make a recommendation to take these forwards in an update of the system of economic statistics through a broad user consultation;
  • Requested the Friends of Chair Group take forward issues of the statistical update that have already reached a high level of maturity;
  • Requested the Friends of the Chair Group to report back to the Statistical Commission in its 51st Session (2020) with a clear plan how to move forward.

Year organized



Senior statisticians from NSOs and international organisations. The NSOs are from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and USA. The international organisations include: African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Eurostat, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamic Development Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, World Bank, and United Nations Secretariat.


Planned activities:

Global user consultation

Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission

Will be reporting for the first time in 2020.