|Title||KOSTAT attends the 15th OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy|
□ The delegation of KOSTAT (lead by Commissioner Hwang Soo-kyung) attended the 15th Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy (CSSP) of the OECD and the 66th Conference of European Statisticians (CES) of the UN held at the European Headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland between June 18th and the 21 in 2018.
□ (Background) The CSSP is an internationally-recognized annual statistical gathering which brings together chief statisticians from the OECD’s 37 member states and major international organizations. The CSSP provides a platform for discussing ways to develop and improve the statistics required for addressing global issues and setting major policies on a national level.
□ (Major Agenda) A wide range of global issues concerning the economy, society, the environment, and population are covered in the CCSP and CES meetings. On this occasion, discussions focused on ① the impact of globalization on GDP calculations, ② national statistical strategies in the digital era and ③ methods for measuring new types of employment
○ Commissioner Hwang Soo-kyung, the head of the Korean delegation, exercised a voting right, outlining Korea’s position during discussions on issues on each agenda, and also shared Korea’s experience in compiling statistics, reinforcing KOSTAT’s leading position in the international statistical society.
□ (Activities) During the meetings, Commissioner Hwang emphasized that the free flow of intellectual property between nations has become a serious challenge for measuring GDP, and that concrete methods for measuring intellectual property need to be set up quickly.
In addition to this, the commissioner shared KOSTAT’s efforts and experience in applying the ILO’s revised International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE) to Korea’s Labor Force Survey (LFS), with the goal of helping other countries measure new types of employment, including special types of employment such as commission-based or platform-based work.
○ Commissioner Hwang also had a bilateral meeting with the chief statistician of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the UK in order to share each organization’s experience in the sub-classification of statistics and data related to population aging, while also discussing ways to strengthen cooperation in the future.