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Working group on measuring digital economy will be established in EEC

Working group on measuring digital economy will be established in EEC

10/21/2019

The results of statistical activities in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) were discussed as well as the plan of statistical work for 2020 and the period until 2025 agreed with the Member States was approved at the fifteenth meeting of the Advisory Committee on Statistics chaired by Sergey Glazyev, Member of the Board – EEC Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics, held at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Headquarters. Besides, a proposal was supported to establish a working group on measuring the digital economy under the Advisory Committee.

"The current program for developing integration in the sphere of the EAEU statistics will be completed in 2020," Sergey Glazyev noted. "Even today it is important to define major objectives of further joint actions with the Member States".

The Committee Members approved the draft Program of the EEC statistical efforts for 2020 as well as agreed on a list of statistical indicators for developing methods on forming the EAEU official statistics. Furthermore, some information was provided on the results of bilateral meetings, held by experts of the Union statistical agencies, on comparing data on mutual trade in goods in 2019 and a schedule for their holding next year was adopted.

The meeting participants were presented with the performance results of the working group on implementing international standard "System of national accounts, 2008" (2008 SNA). It was decided to prepare an analytical report on implementing the 2008 SNA in the Member States and reformatting joint activities in this direction.

During the discussion, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) initiated the creation of a working group on measuring the digital economy under the Advisory Committee on Statistics.

"We strongly support the initiative of Rosstat," stressed Sergey Glazyev, summing up the meeting. "The development of unified approaches to statistical assessment of the digital economy will be a significant contribution to implementing the Union digital agenda".

The meeting was held in an expanded format, representatives of the CIS Statistical Committee, the State Statistics Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, scientists Vasily Simchera, Alexander Shirov and others as well as qualified experts who made a number of balanced proposals on improving the statistical accounting system in the EAEU were invited to participate in the meeting. 

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee will be held in April 2020 in Moscow.​