Partners for statistics development in Asia-Pacific

Partners for Statistics Development in Asia-Pacific (the Partnership) is a regional network of international, regional and sub-regional organizations and bilateral donors concerned with the improvement of statistics in Asia and the Pacific. The main purpose of the partnership is to improve the combined impact of capacity building activities through enhanced coordination, synergy and complementarity among partners.

The Partnership was established at the First Meeting of Partners for Statistics Development in Asia-Pacific organized by ESCAP on 14 December 2010.

The work of the Partnership is aligned with the decisions and priorities outlined by the ESCAP Committee on Statistics, and coordinated with the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) at the global level. The partnership reports on progress made towards meeting its strategic objectives to the Committee on Statistics.

The strategic objectives for the work of the Partnership are:

  • Advocacy. The importance of engaging governments across line-ministries and policy-makers to highlight the need for investing in statistics was emphasized.
  • Strengthening National Statistics Offices' role as the leader of National Statistical Systems. It was recognized that each partner has an important role to play in advocating for better coordination of National Statistical Systems with government officials from their respective counterpart ministries.
  • Modernizing countries' statistical information systems was seen as particularly important for increasing the access by users to available data.
  • Coordination in the development of core sets of indicators in the areas of social, economic, environmental and population statistics.
  • Promoting the improvement and use of administrative data records for statistical purposes.
  • Coordination of statistical training in the region.