Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics

Photo Credit:Kibae Park/UN Photo Sound economic policy decisions can be made only if they can be backed up by evidence.

Strengthening the evidence basis for economic policy decision-making is the motivation and driver for collective action by countries in Asia and the Pacific to design and implement the Regional Programme for Improvement of Economic Statistics in Asia and the Pacific (RPES).

The goal of RPES is to improve the soundness of economic analysis and decision-making by advancing the availability, quality and effective use of basic economic statistics. RPES establishes a shared ambition level for all countries, represented by the “Core Set of Economic Statistics” – a list of statistics that all countries should be able to produce by 2020.

RPES is implemented by countries, with international partners providing supportive activities. The programme is governed by a Steering Group comprising countries and development partners.

As the convenor and secretariat of RPES, ESCAP facilitates the pooling of resources and sharing of experiences among countries and development partners, including through this community platform.

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