International Statistical Cooperation
The priority tasks of international statistical cooperation of the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (NSS RA) are:
- to significantly strengthen statistical capacity to produce and disseminate high-quality statistical data necessary for evidence-based decision-making processes,
- to enhance the quality of statistical products, namely relevance of statistical data, accuracy and reliability of estimates, timeliness and punctuality, accessibility and clarity of data, coherence and comparability, and completeness in line with modern information requirements,
- to increase the data urgency by ensuring the consideration and satisfaction of users’ needs,
- to ensure international comparability of data,
- to operate in accordance with international statistical standards and rules,
- taking into account the relation of statistics to all spheres of public life, the imperative to act exceptionally with international standards, recognizing the statistician`s responsibility with respect to society: users, respondents and other partners, as well as the uniqueness of statistician`s profession, to follow UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, Principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice, Principles of the Declaration on Professional Ethics, Principles Governing International Statistical Activities and apply them in its activities,
- to enhance and ensure the reputation of official statistics in the world.
Since 1992, the international statistical
cooperation plays a key role in the field of Armenia's statistical capacity
building and strengthening in transition.
Being one of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, adopted by the UN Statistical Commission in 1994, reaffirmed in 2013 and adopted by the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/261 on 29 January 2014, the international statistical cooperation actively contributes to statistics development. The international statistical co-operation division exists since 1994, which manages all the NSSRA`s co-operation activities and co-ordinates all the international contacts, ensures a perception of the NSSRA by the international statistical society, as well as implements actions towards the ensuring of high representation of Armenian official statistics at the international level.
This activity consists mainly of an implementation of projects financed within the framework of international co-operation. The division participates in the project all phases: preparation, negotiation and implementation. It plays a key role in the project management and performs a coordinating function between experts, organizations providing technical and financial support and administrative-managing organizations. Co-operation activity includes support and assistance to experts in: drafting project proposals, drafting preparation and follow-up documents for the project actions (action description, executive action summary and action report), as well as organizing of events and meetings related to the projects actions, conducting of negotiations and correspondence.
Statistics Armenia implements a lot of cooperative projects, participates in numerous study visits, training courses, international conferences, sessions, meetings, workshops, seminars and task forces, and receives advisory support. NSSRA implements an exchange and dissemination of statistical information and publications all over the world. The NSSRA organizes and hosts international meetings in different fields of statistics, as well as implements negotiations within the framework of international statistical co-operation.
Statistics Armenia cooperates closely at the international level to be able to offer internationally comparable data to users.
The international statistical cooperation aims at an adoption of international statistical methodology, standards and classifications, modern tools and ICT, improvement of the staff knowledge and skills, enhancing professional competence.
The staff training is one of the pillars of the NSSRA`s international co-operation policy. The training is an essential component of all the co-operation programs.
On November 7, 2003 the Republic of
Armenia became the 54th subscriber to the International Monetary Fund's Special
Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), marking a major step forward in the
development of the country's statistical system. The Armenian authorities view subscription
as the culmination of many initiatives on the statistical front. The Republic of Armenia is the third country of CIS to subscribe
to the SDDS. The Republic
of Armenia was among the
first group of countries who participated in the IMF’s General Data
Dissemination System (GDDS) to have metadata posted to the IMF’s Dissemination
Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB), serving as an example for other countries in
the region. On this occasion the Republic of Armenia is the second country to move
from the GDDS to SDDS subscription, again providing an example to be followed for
“Countries that subscribe to GDDS could therefore be regarded as having made a commitment to improving the quality of the relevant statistics, whereas countries that subscribe to SDDS could be considered as having a relatively higher statistical capacity than countries that only subscribe to GDDS or not at all.” (Regional statistics development in Asia and the Pacific, Note by the Secretary-General, Item 37, Statistical Commission, Fortieth session, 24-27 February 2009, UN Economic and Social Council, document E/CN.3/2009/15), (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc09/2009-15-ESCAP-E.pdf ).
The IMF Assessment of the NSSRA was undertaken in 2008, by the results of which the Report “Republic of Armenia: Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes— Data Module, Response by the Authorities, and Detailed Assessment Using the Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF)”, IMF Country Report No. 09/50 has been published in 2009 (http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2009/ct0950.pdf ).
Armenia has been elected as a new member of the United Nations Statistical Commission for a four-year period beginning 1 January 2009 (Session of the Economic and Social Council on 29 April 2008).
The Global Assessment of the National System of Official Statistics of the Republic of Armenia was undertaken in 2009. The Assessment was conducted by the experts of the European Commission (Eurostat), European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) (http://www.armstat.am/file/doc/99457348.pdf).
Within the framework of program “To enhance the capacity of government partners in roll-out of ArmeniaInfo at the national and marz level for monitoring and reporting progress on the MDGs and the SDP” implemented by the support of UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA the database DevInfo6.0/ArmInfo has been developed and posted at www.armdevinfo.am in Armenian and English in 2010.
From 31 January 2011 (the official opening ceremony on 16 March) until 28 February 2013 (the closing ceremony on 13 February) the NSSRA implemented EU/TWINNING Project "Forwarding Armenian Statistics Through Twinning" to support the upgrade of official statistics of Armenia, to introduce methodologies aligned to European standards, to produce statistics directly comparable with EU countries.
The main partner of Program was Statistics Denmark, junior partner Statistics Germany, participants were statistical offices of Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania.
The components of Project "Forwarding Armenian Statistics Through Twinning" were: Quality Management, Business statistics/ response burden, Improvement of the Exhaustiveness of GDP, Agricultural Census, Harmonized Consumer Price Index and ICT Society.
The ENP/Twinning ”Forwarding Armenian Statistics Through Twinning“ (http://www.armstat.am/am/?nid=383) and “Documentation” (http://www.armstat.am/am/?nid=498) WebPages have been developed and launched on the NSSRA`s website at www.armstat.am, where materials on Twinning Project and 136 Quality Declarations developed within the framework of “Quality Management” component (in Armenian and English) have been posted.
A quality declaration describes the regulatory background of the statistics, the purpose and the methodology of the statistics, its' dissemination and other important information for the users of the statistics in question.
During 2011-2012 quality declarations have been developed for each of the statistical products of the NSSRA, currently there are 136 products, which are organized under 17 statistical domains: Economy and finance, Population and social processes, Industry, Construction, Trade and services, Transport and tourism, Foreign trade, Agriculture, forestry and fishing , Food Security, Environment and energy (http://www.armstat.am/am/?nid=498).
Within the framework of EU/TWINNING Project "Forwarding Armenian Statistics through Twinning" the PC Axis/PX Web dissemination tool has been introduced and ARMSTATBANK.AM database has been developed. ARMSTATBANK.AM gives users fast and easy access to statistical information, and allows to download data in MS Excel, xml or other formats, as well as to create graphs and tables designed according to their needs.
Armenia was the first country in the world to use the new 2012 version of PX Web. ARMSTATBANK.AM is linked to Quality Declarations.
The EU Twinning Project "Forwarding Armenian Statistics through Twinning" has been recognized as one of four success stories among more than 100 EU Twinning projects implemented in 12 countries of the European Neighborhood (East and South) in 2011 (The European Commission’s 2011 activity report on Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA within the ENPI: http://www.armstat.am/en/?nid=425).
The NSSRA participated in the Task Force on the Development of the Strategy for Statistical Cooperation in the ENP-East Region 2014-2020 organized by Eurostat and in the development of the Strategy.
The Light Peer Review (LPR) on the Implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the Republic of Armenia was undertaken in 2014. The assessment was conducted by the Eurostat experts (http://www.armstat.am/file/doc/99491348.pdf).
The Sector Review on Migration Statistics in the Republic of Armenia was undertaken by the Eurostat experts in 2014 (http://www.armstat.am/file/doc/99492303.pdf).
The NSSRA participated in the Editorial Board of the Generic Statistical Law for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Eurostat and in the development of the law.
The UNECE Conference of European Statisticians held its sixty-third plenary session from 15-17 June 2015 in Geneva. According to the rules governing the work of the Conference and its Bureau, the Conference elected its Bureau for two years term from June 2015 to June 2017.
Mr. S. Mnatsakanyan, President of the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia has been elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau (Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians for 2015-2017, http://www.unece.org/stats/cesbureau.html).
An invaluable assistance is rendered to the NSSRA by international organizations, in particular, Eurostat, the World Bank, IMF, UNSD, UNECE, UNFAO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCAP, ILO, etc. The NSSRA receives a considerable support from the national statistical offices, particularly, EU countries, as well as by the USAID support from US Census Bureau and US Department of Agriculture. Due to that support essential developing and strengthening of Armenia's statistical capacity has taken place.
Supporting traditional ties with the statistical services of the CIS countries, NSS RA actively cooperates with the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Statistics Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission.