Statistics Korea and African Development Bank Sign MOU for Statistical Cooperation
Statistics Korea and African Development Bank Sign MOU for Statistical Cooperation - Laying a Foundation to Strengthen Statistical Capacity in Africa through Expanded ODA Statistics Korea, led by Commissioner Lee Hyung-il, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Busan on September 13, 2023, with the aim of advancing the development of statistical capacity in support of the achievement of the SDGs and evidence-based decision-making in the African region. This agreement outlines collaborative commitments between the two organizations, focusing on ▲ supporting the African Information Highway (AIH) for evidence-based decision-making, ▲ a) supporting the implementation of the SDGs and using administrative data in statistical production, and ▲ establishing strategies for national statistical development.
Statistics Korea having MoU with the ADB
Statistics Korea having MoU with the ADB
- Building the groundwork for expanding its development cooperation activities in Asia-Pacific -
□ Commissioner Han, Hoon of Statistics Korea today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Managing Director General Um,Woochong of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines, aiming to establish statistical cooperation between the two institutions.
* ADB is a multilateral development bank for the Asia and the Pacific region having been assisting its member countries for their economic and social advancement since its establishment in 1966. (68 member countries)
ㅇ Under the MoU, the two institutions agreed to work in collaboration in areas such as the development and enhancement of statistical capacities in the region, support for the use of administrative data for statistics, and technical assistance in data visualization.
□ Statistics Korea expects that this MoU with the ADB will provide momentum to expanding its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program for the development of statistics in the Asia-Pacific countries.
ㅇ It has, so far, developed the ODA projects upon receiving a request from countries, individually, which asked for Statistics Korea’s cooperation in international development. Hereafter, Statistics Korea will join forces with the ADB to jointly develop opportunities in Asia-Pacific and build statistical infrastructure in a systematic fashion.
ㅇ In the beginning, Statistics Korea and the ADB will focus on building administrative databases in the developing countries in Asia-Pacific to allow for their linkages with relevant survey data, and will further develop and provide administrative data management systems.
ㅇ Their collaborative projects will set off by targeting Mongolia, Maldives, and the Pacific Island Countries to build administrative data systems and organize activities to strengthen statistical capacities. The list of target countries will continue to grow into other countries in the region.
□ Last year, Statistics Korea made MoU with the Inter-American Development Bank aiming to strengthen statistical capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was the first time it had MoU with an international financial institute. This year, it began implementing the international development cooperation activities for Colombia under this arrangement.
□ At the signing ceremony, Commissioner Han commended the signing of MoU with the ADB following the last year’s MoU with the IDB as “solid footsteps for Statistics Korea to engage with international organizations for the systematic implementation of its international development cooperation projects in the field of statistics.”
ㅇ Looking into the future, he added that “Statistics Korea will continue on and further expand statistical cooperation with the ADB to strengthen statistical capacities in the region in view of their achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
□ Managing Director General Um reciprocated with his remarks saying “the ADB welcomes the signing of MoU with Statistics Korea that has been pioneering statistical production with the use of administrative data.”
ㅇ He added that “the ADB will work closely with Statistics Korea to improve statistical capacities in Asia-Pacific and further develop statistical indicators in economics and climate-related issues.”
Planting First Seed for the Export of Korean Statistical Infrastructure Globally
□ Commissioner Keunkwan Ryu, the head of Statistics Korea, visited New York City and Washington D.C., in the United States, to discuss strengthening partnerships in statistical cooperation between the National Statistics Office and international organizations from the 29th of November to December 3rd. ○ During the visit, he signed MoUs with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and met with representatives of the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). ○ He promoted the K-Statistics System which is an integrated platform that will enable data to be collected, produced and analyzed to support instantaneous decision-making in the rapidly-changing policy environment. - He explained that the experiences gained in the development of the K-Statistic System would be shared with developing countries. This proposal earned great support from international organizations.[MoU with UNFPA]□ Commissioner Ryu signed the second MoU with UNFPA in New York City on November 29th, providing for cooperation between the two organizations to support population census activities in developing countries. ○ The two organizations had reached a consensus in 2016 stipulating that they would require another MoU after the successful completion of the first MoU to support statistical capacity building in developing countries and to tackle the problem of ageing populations. ○ Commissioner Ryu emphasized the importance of value creation by linking data from different sources; i.e. linking public health data with the population census data; something which has helped formulate policies to fight epidemics. ○ The government of Korea has been closely cooperating with UNFPA to secure basic population data in the event of a re-unified Korean peninsula. - In 2020, Statistics Korea created the North Korean statistics team to consolidate the collection and dissemination of North Korean statistics and has made efforts to enhance the quality of those statistics. To this end, Statistics Korea has expressed that it is crucial for it to build and maintain close cooperation with UNFPA. [On 29 November, Commissioner Ryu (on the right) and Ib Peterson, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, met at UNFPA headquarters in New York City and signed the MoU on cooperation for population census capacity building in developing countries.][MoU with IDB]□ Commissioner Ryu also met with Ms. Reina Irene Mejia Chacon, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the IDB on December 1st to sign the MoU to support statistical capacity building in Latin America. ○ This is the first MoU that Statistics Korea has signed with an international financial institution. So far, Statistics Korea has aided individual countries, but cooperation with the IDB will allow it to play a significant role in the regions’ development of statistical infrastructure. The regional multilateral development bank will work together with Statistics Korea to achieve various tasks. ○ Statistics Korea and the IDB have reached the mutual understanding that unconventional statistical methods would be vital in strengthening statistical capacity. They will begin by co-financing a project to support the National Administrative Department of Statistics of Colombia, which will focus on improving the use of administrative data. Statistics Korea and the IDB Trust Fund will provide approximately 1.5 billion KRW and 500 million KRW, respectively, for two years. - They will regularly discuss how to cooperate regarding statistical capacity building in the region as needs arise. [On 1 December, Commissioner Ryu (on the left) and Reina Irene Mejia Chacon, the Executive Vice President of the IDB met at the IDB headquarters in Washington D.C. and signed the MoU on cooperation for statistical capacity building in Latin America.]
Report on the PARIS21 2020 Annual Meeting
1. Overview of Meeting
□ “PARIS21 2020 Annual Meeting” took place on April 8 ~ 9, 2020 and around 90 people from
Mongolia (Chair of the meeting), recipient countries, donor countries, OECD and others
participated. The 2020 annual meeting was held using a video-conferencing platform due to
2. Major Points from Meeting
□ The meeting was comprised of sessions for PARIS 21 Board approval, presentations and
discussions. The three items to be approved by the Board were the composition of the
Executive Committee, the 2020 budget and planned major activities, and mid-term strategies
□ Presentations and discussions took place in two sessions on ‘What are national
statistical offices doing?’ and ‘Unlocking the SDGs as a shared results framework’.
○ COVID-19: What are national statistical offices doing?
- COVID-19 has affected national statistical offices (NSOs) in many developing countries
and these effects are expected to last for a long time. Based on its Task Force,
PARIS21 will promote the development of statistical strategies in the context of this
○ Unlocking the SDGs as a shared results framwork
- It was decided that steps would be taken to improve the data collection process for
SDG indicator management and apply international principles. This will be applied to
metadata on upcoming indicators, with the final results of assessment reached through
a comprehensive review.
Report on the 'Azerbaijan ODA Project' Completion Conference
□ Overview of Business Trip
○ (Purpose) To participate in the Azerbaijan ODA project completion conference, have a high- level meeting with the President of Azerbaijan
and sign a MoU for statistical cooperation
○ (Dates and Location) December 09, 2019 (Mon.) ∼ December 13, 2019 (Fri.) / Baku, Azerbaijan
○ (Participants) KOSTAT Commissioner and five officials
□ Major Activities
○ Official Visit to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
- (Date/Location) December 11, 2019 (Wed.) 14:35-15:05, at the President's office in Baku
- During the Meeting, both parties confirmed the achievements of the project and their willingness to engage in continued cooperation in
- Azerbaijani President Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev highly regarded the technological assistance delivered by Statistics Korea and thanked
for the contribution made to the successful project. Also, President hoped to continue to receive support from Korea as Azerbaijan is
committed to making efforts to develop statistics which comply with international standards.
- Commissioner Kang Shin-wook emphasized that President Aliyev's keen interest and support greatly contribute to the statistical
cooperation between Azerbaijan and Korea, and that Azerbaijan’s ASAN* services and SDGs statistics are very impressive, providing
lessons that Korea can learn from.
○ Participation in 「Azerbaijan ODA Project Completion Conference」
- (Date/ Location) December 11, 2019 (Wed.) 09:30 ~ 13:00, Hilton Baku Hotel
- (Main Activities) Gave local media interviews, made a congratulatory speech and signed a MoU for statistical cooperation
- [Media Interview] Commissioner Kang Shin-wook explained that the purpose of the visit was attending to attend the two-year project
completion conference and confirm the achievements of bilateral cooperation, and spoke about the importance of bilateral statistical
- [Congratulatory Speech] Commissioner Kang noted that the project laid a foundation for a stronger bilateral cooperation and the MoU
signed on statistical cooperation is expected to provide momentum for systematic promotion of future projects, and suggested that
both countries make greater efforts to enhance their national standing in the international community.
○ Visit to Baku Regional Statistical Office and Baku ASAN service center No.3 (December 12)
- (Baku Regional Statistical Office) Confirmed the importance of the role of regional statistics offices, which are the starting point for
national statistics, and the necessity of including 'capacity building for staff in regional statistics offices' as part of statistical
cooperation with Azerbaijan, and hoped to develop a constructive partnership.
- (Baku “ASAN service” center No.3) The ASAN service center suggested working together to upgrade its public services including
statistical service. In response, KOSTAT mentioned that there should be opportunities to cooperate with the center, and KOSTAT will
look into how it can be of help.
○ (Korean Media) Interviewed by the Korea Times and others
○ (Azerbaijani Local Media) Covered by ZERTAG(in English), AZERTAG(in Azerbaijani), AZ TV, REAL TV, CBC, BIRBASA, etc.
Strengthening Statistical Human Capacity in the Republic of Azerbaijan 2019
□ Project Title : Strengthening Statistical Human Capacity in the Republic of Azerbaijan 2019
□ Project Period : April, 2019 - December, 2019
□ Project Background
○ With the implementation of the SDGs, developing countries face growing demands to produce a broad range of indicators and
- Accordingly, there is a necessity to expand the scope of statistical capacity strengthening projects supported by international
organizations and bilateral donors.
○ During a local trip to Azerbaijan to conduct a feasibility study (April, 2017), KOSTAT selected the support areas for two years
(2018 ~ 2019) in consideration of the requests from The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
(2018) Establishing Statistical Database System and Service System
(2019) Strengthening Statistical Human Capacity
□ Project Purpose
○ To support Azerbaijan in strengthening its statistical capacity to create evidence-based policies, enforcing its capacity to monitor the
implementation of SDGs and making a successful economic and social development plan.
□ Project Scope
○ Invitational training (in Korea)
- High-level leadership course
- ICT (developement) course
- Intermediate courses on economic statistics and social statistics
○ Local training (in Azerbaijan)
- Elementary courses on economic statistics and social statistics
- ICT (operiation) course
○ Consulting for National Statistical Practice Program
- Providing consulting services for training working-level experts in the field of national statistics of Azerbaijan
- Reviewing and analyzing the Azerbaijan’s current training program on national statistical practice
- Creating and providing five-year training curriculums on national statistical practice by field and level
○ Establishment of computerized lecture rooms
- Establishing computerized lecture rooms for Azerbaijan’s own statistical training
Strengthening the Statistical Capacity of the Lao Statistics Bureau 2019
□ Project Title : Strengthening the Statistical Capacity of the Lao Statistics Bureau 2019
□ Project Period : July 02, 2019 ~ December 31, 2019
□ Project Background
○ With the implementation of the SDGs, developing countries face growing demands to produce abroad range of indicators and
○ Despite its efforts to build a variety of infrastructure for national statisticsproduction, Laos is not capable of efficiently producing data and
providing services, andlacks in required statistical human resources.
○ Laos requested that KOSTAT support a project for establishing an effective service systemfor producing key indicators and related data
and strengthening statistical capacity. (Afeasibility study was conducted in February 2016)
(2017) Establishment of national statistical development strategy (2018-2028)
(2018) Enhancement of statistical human capacity and dissemination of IT equipment
(2019) Establishment of statistical database system and statistical information service system
(2020) Establishment of statistical data collection system (CAPI)
□ Project Objective
○ To advance Lao’s statistical services by establishing statistical database management and service systems
□ Project Scope(Development of system)
○ Establishment of statistical database management system and statistical information service system
- Statistical database management system
- Statistical database service system
- Statistical database query system
- Establishment of statistical index service system
- Visualized content, etc.
○ Provision of equipment
- Provision of equipment including server and software required for establishing statistical database system and statistical information
○ Dispatch of Korean experts (three weeks, four times)
- Local due diligence
- Consulting service for statistical database system and identification of requests from Laos
- Equipment installation, system establishment, and training for statistical database system operators
- Interim monitoring of the Laos statistical capacity strengthening project (2017-2018)
- Support for statistical database system operation
○ Invitational training in Korea
- Technical training for system operators (5 people / 14 days)
2020 ODA Project Plan
○ Project Title : The Project to Establish Statistical Data Collection System of Lao PDR
○ Project Purpose :To advance statistical survey of Laos by establishing CAPI system and
strengthening capacity to use the system
○ Project Period : Within 2020
○ Policy Consultation
- Preliminary feasibility Study conducted (2016.1.)
- Implementation of 4-year project (2017~2020)
- Discussion and consultation made by inviting the beneficiary country of statistical
capacity- building project (head of Lao Statistics Bureau) (2015.10.)
○ Project Contents
- Establishment of CAPI survey system
- Provision of equipment and tools (tablet PCs and servers, etc.)
- Dispatch of experts (four times) and invitation training (one time)
○ Project Title : The Statistical Capacity Building Project for National Statistical System
○ Project Purpose : To enhance the capacities of Bolivia's statistical human resources with
respect to production of statistics and services
○ Project Period : Within 2020
○ Policy Consultation
- Request from Bolivia for ODA project support (2018.9.)
- Preliminary feasibility Study conducted (2019.3.)
- The scope of project discussed at 2019 workshop on the advanced collaboration with
developing countries (2019.11.)
○ Project Contents
- On-site Training in Bolivia: Population census, national statistics practices, economic
statistics, social statistics,
- Korean invitation training: Population census, training session for middle managers
- Establishment of two digital classrooms (each have 25 seats including instructor's seat)
Statistics Korea's Official Development Assistance Programs in 2018
Statistics Korea’s Official Development Assistance Programs in 2018In 2018, Statistics Korea is implementing bilateral ODA projects with Laos, Colombia and Azerbaijan and multilateral programs with UNESCAP, OECD and Statistics Netherlands.Statistics Korea is going to build a computerized statistical lecture room in the newly-built headquarters of the Lao Statistics Bureau (a.k.a. LSB) in Vientiane that will contain computers and other lecture equipment. The provision of the lecture room is coupled with training programs on economic statistics, social statistics and statistical information technologies, which are expected to improve the LSB staff’s capability for statistical production. In addition, computers and other office equipment are provided to the LSB headquarters and its regional offices.Statistics Korea’s project with Colombia in 2018 aims at establishing the protocol for the use of administrative data for statistical purposes. The National Administrative Department of Statistics (a.k.a. DANE) is trying to develop statistical methodologies to use administrative data to meet the increased demand for official statistics. Statistics Korea is trying to support DANE by sharing its knowledge and experience in the statistical use of administrative data.For Azerbaijan, Statistics Korea is going to provide a statistical information service system similar to its renowned Korean Statisticsl Information System (a.k.a. KOSIS). To establish such a system, software and IT equipment necessary for the project is going to be provided to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (a.k.a. SSC), as well. Statistics Korea is also going to train SSC’s IT staff so that they can manage the system on their own after the project is completed.Other than the bilateral projects, Statistics Korea’s ODA programs include international workshops for developing nations in cooperation with international statistical organizations or national statistics offices of developed nations. This year, three training programs with SIAP (UNESCAP) and one workshop with Statistics Netherlands are being planned. Statistics Korea also contributes to SIAP (UNESCAP) and PARIS21 (OECD) for international cooperation in developing statistical capacity building for other nations.
Summaries of the 2017 ODA Programmes for Strengthening Statistical Capacity
1. Strengthening the Capacity of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of Ecuador
Selected through surveys of demand for statistical capacity building programs (May ~ July, 2014) and preliminary research (November, 2014) conducted for efficient and systematical accomplishment of KOSTAT's ODA projects
Strengthening the capacity of production of credible statistics is required for objective performance measurement of the ongoing 2nd 5-year Plan for Economic and Social Development (2013 ~ 2017) and implementation of evidence-based policy of the Government of Ecuador
Duration : 2016 ~ 2017 (2 years)
Budget : 500,000 USD (350,000 USD in 2017)
Counterpart : Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos
Strengthening the capacity of statistical production using administrative data (2016)
Consulting and training for register-based census, Big Data, etc. in Ecuador and Korea
Enhancing register-based census (Geospatial Information Service (GIS), sampling) (2017)
Providing IT equipment such as servers, computers, etc., associated with register-based census
Collaborating divisions : Population Census Division, Sampling Division, Survey System Management Division and Geospatial Information Service Division (for the 2017 project)
Signed Terms of Reference (ToR) : May
Finalized the project plan and request for proposal : May
Selected the project management consultancy (PMC) and started the project : August
Carrying out the project : August ~ December
Completing the project and reporting the result : December
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