Destatis has been involved in international statistical co-operation for 25 years

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Headline: Destatis has been involved in international statistical co-operation for 25 years

The European Statistics Day is observed on 20 October
WIESBADEN – The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has been involved in imparting statistical specialist knowledge and providing training to foreign project partners for 25 years. The staff of the Federal Statistical Office support their colleagues in the partner offices in implementing the standards of the European Statistical System and contribute to improving the comparability of the statistical data collected in the individual countries. To coincide with the European Statistics Day on 20 October, the Federal Statistical Office reports that, within the last 25 years, the international statistical co-operation unit has co-ordinated and managed more than 2,000 consulting missions of short-term experts, study visits and workshops with more than 35 partner countries.

The focus of German statistical co-operation is on imparting modern and well-proven methodological standards. Knowledge is disseminated on all stages of the statistical production process. The aim of the German commitment is to enable the partners to complete tasks independently and to implement methodology at the national level. To ensure that national statistical institutes provide reliable data and are able to react to quickly changing requirements it is essential not only to impart methodological knowledge but also to continuously improve the staff members’ management competencies and quality awareness.

When institutionalised statistical co-operation started, the focus was on the political and economic changes in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe and in the succession states of the Soviet Union. The German official statistics agencies became sought-after international partners because of the experience they had acquired during the reunification process and with the adoption of the western German statistical system in the east of Germany.

The European Union’s eastern enlargement generated additional needs for support. Before a total of 13 states acceded to the EU between 2004 and 2013, they had to undertake comprehensive preparations in the field of statistics, too. Statistics are part of the acquis communautaire and had to be fully transposed into the accession countries’ national legislation. At the same time, statistical data provided the information basis for negotiations in other policy areas (e.g. free movement of goods, agriculture, taxes).

Great demand for the expertise of German statisticians exists even further to the east. EU-funded twinning projects such as currently in Azerbaijan are part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Large-scale projects that are financed by the World Bank, as for instance in Kazakhstan and Mongolia, are geared at improving and refining the countries’ statistical systems. Close bilateral co-operation has been established with the Chinese statistical office.

The European Neighbourhood Policy and the statistical offices in Central and Eastern Asia continue to be the focus for the Federal Statistical Office’s international co-operation activities. New and additional challenges are raised by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations. Building statistical capacity in the national administrations of developing countries is a prerequisite for monitoring the development goals.

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