Status of SBRs in ESCAP Members and Associate Members

As part of RPES implementation, in 2013 ESCAP Statistics Division undertook a Capacity Screening exercise aiming to provide a benchmark for the institutional setting, statistical infrastructure and the implementation of the Core Set of Economic Statistics. Fifty ESCAP member and associate member states responded to this rapid survey. National summaries of the capacity screening can be found here.

The capacity screening results show that the development of SBRs is one of the areas where countries need assistance. Out of 50 countries, 35 countries reported that a centralized business register is currently in use for multiple statistical products/collections. Out of the 15 that do not have a functioning SBR, ten reported that a register is currently being designed or planned (American Samoa, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Tonga).

In 2013 UNSD conducted a Global Assessment on SBRs, to which 26 ESCAP economies responded. Asia-Pacific results of the Assessment show that economies in this region mainly have issues with: coverage of certain sectors and types of units; implementation of identity numbers and its linking with external registers; obtaining the access to administrative data owned by other government agencies; and production of business demographics.

Attendees of the "Regional Course on Statistical Business Registers: Making a Business Case for an Operational Statistical Business Register," 26 – 30 January 2015, Perak, Malaysia prepared papers about their SBR: