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EAEU to improve procedure for forming official statistics

EAEU to improve procedure for forming official statistics

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4/15/2021

This was discussed at the eighteenth meeting of the Advisory Committee for Statistics under the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board held on April 14 in Moscow under the chairmanship of Sergei Glazyev, EEC Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics.

The prime focus was on pressing issues of planning and implementing measures in the field of statistics for 2021-2025 with due regard to the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025.

The main emphasis was on the expediency of making amendments to the Treaty on the EAEU in the field of statistics which would broaden the Commission’s powers to approve a single procedure for accounting and declaring goods in mutual trade. It was decided to submit the Committee’s agreed position by June 1, 2021.

Besides, the Committee’s members discussed the conversion of mutual trade indicators according to official data of the Member States from national currencies to the Russian ruble. Some measures for converting and further interaction with the countries’ tax authorities have been determined.

The Advisory Committee addressed the issue of enforcement practices for failure to provide statistical data on mutual trade. Establishing the responsibility of respondents for non-submission of statistical reporting forms is one of the tools for improving the quality of statistics.  

The meeting attendees supported measures to form official statistics describing activities of foreign-invested enterprises. These measures were developed as part of implementing initiatives voiced in the address by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, to the Heads of the Member States in January 2021 in relation to creating the Union’s joint ventures in manufacturing industry, agriculture and service sector. The questionnaire elaborated by the Commission’s Statistics Department on the availability of official statistics describing the activities of foreign-invested enterprises was approved. Formats for providing official statistics to the Eurasian Economic Commission will be updated based on the results of the survey.

Furthermore, the attendees discussed statistics digitalization, in particular, expanding the preparation of concepts and data structures for statistical sections and improving the efficiency of personal account functioning. The sides submitted proposals to enhance their involvement in developing digital technologies. In particular, an information platform for sharing experiences in implementing the SDMX standard will be created and a seminar on "Introducing digital technologies in the EAEU statistics" will be held in October.

The EEC Statistics Department presented the Advisory Committee with a questionnaire on the impact of COVID-19 on the monitoring and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EAEU countries drafted with regard to international experience. It addresses some issues of collecting, processing and disseminating official statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as methods for collecting statistical data and assessing the impact of COVID-19 on achieving the SDGs.