Meeting discusses development of statistical work plan, open data

Izah Azahari

The 11th Session of the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS11) committee meeting, focussing on ‘Building Resilient Statistics to COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond’, discussed the implementation and development of statistical work plan, and the implementation of open data.

In support of this year’s ASEAN theme, ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’, the ACSS11 meeting also endorsed the concept note on the Pilot Project of Big Data Utilisation to be implemented next year to enhance the potential use of big data as new sources in ASEAN official statistics.

The meeting, held virtually on October 12-14, was chaired by Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS) Director General Hajah Mariah binti Haji Yahya and the Cambodia Director General of the National Institute of Statistics (NIS).

Views and experiences on the challenges and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on statistical collection activities and initiatives were also discussed. New opportunities were identified to develop resilience in the production and dissemination of statistics through various approaches including the use of digital technology.

The meeting also took note of the ACSS achievement in implementing the ASEAN-Help-ASEAN Framework for capacity building by conducting training courses and programmes in facilitating knowledge and experience-sharing among ASEAN member states.

The ACSS Committee, comprising heads of National Statistics Offices (NSOs) from ASEAN member states, is responsible for providing relevant, timely and comparable ASEAN statistics in support of ASEAN integration monitoring and evidence-based policy and decision-making. The committee also plays a role in strengthening its cooperation to enhance statistical capacities of the member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Brunei Darussalam was represented by senior officers from the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

DEPS Director General Hajah Mariah binti Haji Yahya chairs the virtual meeting. PHOTO: MOFE