Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Industrial statistics focus of UNIDO workshop in Beijing

BEIJING, 10 July 2013 - Statisticians from 12 countries from across South and South-east Asia, as well as from Sudan, took part in an international workshop on industrial statistics that ended in Beijing today.

The three-day event brought together experts in the field of industrial statistics from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, as well as from Sudan.

The workshop was also attended by representatives of the the national statistics offices of China and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

The workshop was jointly organized by UNIDO, the UN Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China.

“The workshop was organized in the overall framework of the implementation in the region of the recently identified international industrial statistics standards. The region includes two major emerging industrial economies, China and India, and plays an important role in world industry,” said Shyam Upadhyaya, UNIDO Chief Statistician.

Participants at the workshop discussed ways of measuring the contribution of smaller establishments in the generation of employment and self-employment, and the gender gap in wages in manufacturing establishments, as well as the indicators of the impact of industrial production on the environment.

“In the recent years, UNIDO Statistics has developed close cooperation with the NBS China. A similar workshop in cooperation with NBS China was first conducted in Dalian in 2010. Since then, a high-level delegation from the NBS China has visited UNIDO and discussed the possibilities of further extending cooperation,” said Upadhyaya.

UNIDO maintains a global industrial statistics database and extends technical assistance to developing countries in the field of industrial statistics. Currently, project proposals for such assistance are under consideration for a number of South and South-east Asian countries, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Nepal.

For further information, please contact:

Shyam Upadhyaya
UNIDO Chief Statistician
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