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UNIDO, as the agency with a mandate for global industrial statistics, has been a major player in the revision of statistical methods in industry and classification standards. UNIDO also has a role in the implementation of these standards, especially in those countries where NSOs lack the technical capacity to establish a system in compliance with new statistical standards.

The project covers different aspects of industrial statistics, such as assistance in conducting industrial structural surveys, updating business registry systems, developing national indicators of industrial statistics (including industrial production indices calculations) and developing analytical performance indicators for policy-relevant analyses in Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) countries. Using the methodology which was improved with UNIDO's support, the project aims to produce structured statistical data that will be internationally comparable and in line with international recommendations on industrial statistics.

UNIDO Statistics has long-standing experience in providing technical assistance to countries in the region. Recently, UNIDO has enhanced its policy advisory service to Member States for which timely and reliable statistics are indispensable. In the process of capacity development, an effective statistical information system must be established for subsequent policy-related projects to be successful. The business register, an expected outcome from this project, will be instrumental for policy advisory services at enterprise level, while aggregated statistics will meet the analytical requirements at the macro level.

The project is funded from voluntary contributions by the Russian Federation.

Objectives of the project

The objective of the project is to improve the institutional capacity of CIS countries implementing the recently adopted international standards of industrial statistics to enable the region’s NSOs to produce timely and internationally comparable statistics relevant to industrial development policy.
The project targets both data producers and data users. Data producers will learn methods and procedures to harmonize national industrial statistics with international standards. Users will be provided internationally comparable data that are essential for analysis of performance and other policy relevant topics.

The rationale behind the regional approach is justified by the fact that there are many similarities between the industrial statistical system of Russia and those of other CIS countries. Two obvious benefits of implementing new standards in CIS countries in cooperation with Rosstat are noteworthy. First, Rosstat has considerable experience and technical capacity in introducing new standards. Second, training activities, which will be an important part of the project, will be held in Russian and will be the medium of training for all countries.