International Statistical Cooperation

The priority tasks of international statistical cooperation of the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia (Armstat) are:

  1. to significantly strengthen statistical capacity to produce and disseminate high-quality statistical data necessary for evidence-based decision-making processes,
  2. 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,
  3.  to increase the data urgency by ensuring the consideration and satisfaction of users' needs,
  4. to ensure international comparability of data,
  5. to operate in accordance with international statistical standards and rules,
  6. 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,
  7. 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 cooperation division exists since 1994, which manages all Armstat cooperation activities and coordinates all international contacts, ensures a perception of Armstat by the international statistical society, as well as implements actions towards the ensuring of high representation of Armenian official statistics at the international level.

Statistics Armenia implements many cooperation projects. This activity consists of an implementation of projects financed within the framework of international cooperation. 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. Cooperation 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.

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.

Statistics Armenia participates in numerous study visits, training courses, international conferences, sessions, meetings, workshops, seminars and task forces, and receives advisory support. The staff training is one of the pillars of Armstat international cooperation policy. The training is an essential component of all cooperation programs.


Statistics Armenia closely cooperates at the international level to be able to offer internationally comparable data to users.  Armstat implements an exchange and dissemination of statistical information and publications all over the world.

 Armstat organizes and hosts international meetings in different fields of statistics, as well as implements negotiations within the framework of international statistical cooperation.

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 GDDS participants.

"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),( ).

The IMF Assessment of   Armstat 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 (

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) (

From 31 January 2011 until 28 February 2013 Armstat  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" ( and "Documentation and Quality" ( WebPages have been developed and launched on  Armstat  website, where materials on Twinning Project and 138 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 Armstat, currently there are 138 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 (

138 statistical products are documented according to the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM), (

Quality Policy document has been developed and made available to the public at Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (version 1.2) has been translated into Armenian and approved ( The Quality Assurance Framework supports the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP) by identifying activities, methods and tools for the implementation of the indicators of the CoP.

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 in 2012 ( 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:

Armstat 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 (

The Sector Review on Migration Statistics in the Republic of Armenia was undertaken by the Eurostat experts in 2014 (

Armstat 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 Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia has been elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau (Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians for 2015-2017,

Mr. S. Mnatsakanyan, President of the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia has been re-elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau for 2017-2019, 2019-2021 and 2021-2023. 

The second EU Twinning project "Strengthening of the National Statistical System of Armenia - Phase II" has been launched on 15 September 2015" (

The objective of the project was to support Armstat through institutional twinning with upgrading specific elements of the Armenian system of official statistics. This objective has been reached through the introduction of a comprehensive dissemination strategy, and compilation methodologies closely aligned to European Union standards. A focal point throughout the project was the use of existing administrative registers for the production of statistical information. The main partner of the Program was Statistics Denmark with cooperation of national statistical offices of Finland, Italy and Lithuania.

The components of Project "Strengthening of the National Statistical System of Armenia - Phase II" were Statistical Information Dissemination System, Demographic Statistics, Labour Market Statistics, Poverty Statistics, Innovation Statistics and Water Accounts.

Since June 2016, Armstat is a Member of the UNECE Task Force on Common Elements of Statistical Legislation.  

The Sector Review on Tourism statistics in Armenia was undertaken by the Eurostat experts in 2016 (

The Sector Review of the Labour Force Survey in Armenia was undertaken by the Eurostat experts in 2017 (

The Peer Review (PR) of  Armstat and Armenian Official Statistics was undertaken in 2018. The assessment was conducted by the experts of Eurostat, UNECE and EFTA  (

 The Sector Review of Information Technology in Official Statistics in Armenia was undertaken in 2019. The review was conducted by the experts of EFTA and UNECE (

Armstat was a Member of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) created by the UN Statistical Commission on 6 March 2015.

Armstat is a Member of the UNECE Task Forces on Modernization of statistical legislation, Value of official statistics, SDGs statistics, Gender statistics communication, Population and Housing census, Measurement of Social Exclusion, National Accounts, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, for Producers and Users of Climate Change Related-Statistics and Environmental Statistics and Indicators, Member of the UNESCAP working groups on Population and Social Statistics, Economic Statistics, Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific and Data Integration Community of Practice, Member of Tichfield City Group on Ageing and Age-Disaggregated Data, Washington Group on Disability Statistics, UNHCR Expert Group on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Statistics. 

An invaluable assistance is rendered to Armstat by international organizations, in particular, Eurostat, EFTA, the World Bank, IMF, UNSD, UNECE, UNFAO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCAP, ILO, etc. Armstat 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, Armstat actively cooperates with the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Statistics Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission.