Expert Group on Business Statistics Meeting
Organized by UNSD and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI)

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • 23-25 May, 2018

In March 2017, the UN Statistical Commission endorsed the proposal to establish UN guidelines for statistical business registers (SBR) based on existing guidelines, while considering the needs of countries with less-developed statistical systems by incorporating country cases applicable to a broad range of statistical systems. The Commission created for this purpose an expert group to prepare not only the guidelines for SBR, but also to give guidance on issues of integrated business statistics, which includes the use of administrative data for business and basic economic statistics, the choice of statistical units in the context of globalization, business statistics and the digital economy, and issues related to a large informal sector. Within this context, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) are organizing the first meeting of the Expert Group in Mexico City on 23-25 May 2018.

Wednesday, 23 May

08:30
Registration and coffee
09:00
Opening
  • Welcome - Dr. Julio Santaella, President of INEGI
  • Statement - Mr. Ivo Havinga, Assistant Director of UNSD
  • Opening address - Mr. Stefano Menghinello, Chair of the UN Committee of Experts on Business Statistics
09:20
Part I: Policy, Research and Business Needs
Introduction and Moderation: Dr. Julio Santaella, President of INEGI
Presenters:
  • Dr. Enrique Dussel (Research)
  • Mr. Alberto Gómez (Private sector)
  • Dr. Alison Pritchard (Government)
11:00
Coffee Break and Group Photo
11:15
Part II: Strategic View on Business Statistics
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Stefano Menghinello, Chair
Presenters:
  • Mr. Ivo Havinga, UNSD
  • African Development Bank
  • Ms. Merja Rantala, Eurostat
  • Mr. Nadim Ahmad, OECD
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Part III: Integrated Business and Trade statistics: Macro Approach
Value-added, Growth and Productivity, Business cycle analysis
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Ivo Havinga, UNSD
Presenters:
  • Mr. Arturo Blancas, Mexico
  • Mr. Saleh Al-Kafri, Palestine
  • Ms. Angela Hernandez, Colombia
  • Mr. Zelealem Haile, Ethiopia
16:00
Coffee Break
16:15
Part IV: Integrated Business and Trade statistics: Micro Approach
Jobs, Entrepreneurship, Firm-level analysis
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Ronald Jansen, UNSD
Presenters:
  • US Census Bureau and US BLS (presented by UNSD)
  • Mr. Soren Andersen, Denmark
  • Mr. Andrew Allen, UK
  • Mr. Gerardo Durand, Mexico
17:30
Closing of Day 1

Thursday, 24 May

09:00
Opening
Chair, Mr. Stefano Menghinello
09:05
Part V: Business Statistics and Globalization
Introduction and Moderation: Ms. Merja Rantala, Eurostat
  • Ms. Pierrette Schuhle, France
  • Mr. Stefano Menghinello, Italy
  • Ms. Daniela Ravindra, Canada
  • Mr. Heru Margono, Indonesia
11:00
Coffee Break
11:15
Part VI: Business Statistics and Well-being and Sustainability
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Ivo Havinga, UNSD
  • Mr. Masao Takahashi, Japan
  • Ms. Leesha Delatie-Budair, Jamaica
  • Mr. Sagaren Pillay, South Africa
  • ILO
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Part VII: Business Statistics and the Digital economy
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Nadim Ahmad, OECD
  • Ms. Daniela Ravindra, Canada
  • Mr. Livio Lugano, Switzerland
  • Statement by NBS China
  • US Census Bureau and US BLS (presented by Alison Pritchard, ONS, UK)
15:35
Coffee Break
15:45
Part VIII: Business Demographics and Dynamics
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Norbert Rainer, UN Consultant  
  • Mr. Gogita Todradze, Georgia
  • Ms. Mennat Abou-Hasswa, Egypt
  • Mr. Atef Ouni, Tunisia
  • Mr. Fabio Tomasini, Switzerland  
19:00
Visit to Anthropology Museum

Friday, 25 May

09:00
Opening
Chair, Mr. Stefano Menghinello
09:05
Part IX: UNECE Guidelines for SBR - Overview
Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Norbert Rainer, UN Consultant  
Discussants: Mr. Gerardo Durand, Mexico; Mr. Mohammad Ari Nugraha, Indonesia, Mr. Andrew Allen, UK; Mr. Saleh Al-Kafri, Palestine and Ms. Mennat Abou-Hasswa, Egypt
11:00
Coffee Break
11:15
Part X: UN Guidelines for SBR - Distribution of Work
Chair: Mr. Norbert Rainer, UN Consultant  
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Part XI: Governance issues
Chair: Mr. Stefano Menghinello
Introduction: Mr. Ivo Havinga, UNSD
15:00
Part XII: Report to the Statistical Commission
Chair: Mr. Stefano Menghinello
Introduction: Mr. Ronald Jansen, UNSD
16:00
Closing remarks
Chair - Mr. Stefano Menghinello

Part III and IV: Integrated Business and Trade Statistics

Part V: Business Statistics and Globalization

Part VI: Business Statistics and Well-being and Sustainability

Part VII: Business Statistics and the Digital Economy

Part VIII: Business Demographics and Dynamics

Part IX and X: UNECE Guidelines for SBR

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