The donor-meeting was conducted on May 4, 2017 at the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan
The donor-meeting was conducted on May 4, 2017 at the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan which was attended by the management of the Agency on statistics, Main Computing Center, representatives of: the World Bank, representatives of the Consortium DevStat. The United Nations World Food Program, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), UNDP in Tajikistan, the World Health Organization, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the International Labor Organization (ILO) , The United Nations Population Fund in Tajikistan (UNFPA), the Turkish Agency for International Cooperation (TICA), representatives of ministries and departments, heads of the departments of the Agency on Statistics, staff of the Project Implementation Group of the Project Implementation of the National Strategy for Development of the Statistics of the Agency on statistics.
The event was opened by the Director of the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ms. Hasanzoda Gulnora Kenja, who noted that one of the main goals of the meeting was to strengthen the coordination of the work of all development partners, and, if possible, to consider the issue of attracting additional efforts to improve the statistical accounting.
The World Bank Country Manager, Mr. Jan Peter spoke next and noted that without accurate statistical indicators it is impossible to analyze the activities of a particular area. In this regard, the World Bank will closely cooperate with the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Mr. Rustam Ziyev, Coordinator of the ECASTAT Project presented in detain in his presentation the report on the activities carried out for the period from October 2016 to April 2017 within the framework of the Project Implementation of the National Strategy for Development of Statistics (NSDS).
It was noted that all work under this Project is being carried out in a timely manner. Within the framework of the ECASTAT Project the equipment was purchased in November 2016 for the Vakhdat College of Statistics, Dushanbe Mountain College and the National University of the Economics Faculty of the Statistics Department, the Research Institute of Land Reclamation of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.
The transition to electronic reporting is in progress; equipment has been purchased.
According to paragraphs 16 and 23 of the Action Plan for the implementation of tasks which were approved by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan as of February 9, 2016 No. 42, the Russian and English language courses started from May 10 2016 are continuing in the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The appendix of this resolution contains 52 paragraphs where the Project Implementation of the National Strategy for Development of Statistics (ECASTAT Trust Fund of the World Bank) has been financing more than half of the tasks set.
According to the Twining Partnership Contract signed between the Agency on Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Joint Venture (Consortium) headed by DevStat during period of November 2016, February and April 2017 the visits were made by international experts on: the development of the NSDS project for period of 2018-2022, sampling and seasonal adjustment (as well as the training of four AS specialists was conducted in Turkey), water users survey, improvement of the CPI and PPI, preparation for the energy resources survey of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The Project Manager from the World Bank, Mr. Gregory Kisunko, in his speech gave a positive assessment of the implementation of the Project.
Mr. Jose Servera - Project Director, General Director of DevStat Company in detail presented the progress of work of the DevStat Consulting Company on a twining partnership on the main aspects of cooperation within the framework of the Project Implementation of the National Strategy for Development of Statistics.
The Director of the Agency on statistics noted that in framework of consultative assistance by international experts with the support of the Project of the German Society for International Cooperation in Tajikistan (GIZ) the work on preparation of Resources-Use Table had been carried out in the Agency on statistics of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The presentation on this issue was made by the Head of Department for National Accounts and Statistics of Finance, Ms. Minakova Sabzina, who noted that this table is necessary for building economic models and forecasting the main macroeconomic indicators. To improve the preparation of the table it is required further advisory assistance and field workshops to implement the Resources-Use Report.
At the same time the importance of this issue was noted by the representative of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Tajikistan, Mr. Mirzoakhmedov F. in his speech and mentioned that the German Society for International Cooperation will continue close cooperation with the Agency on statistic in fulfillment of these issues.
Then Firdavsi Asmatbekov, Head of the Trade and Services Department of the Agency on statistics, spoke on Improving the methodology of foreign trade statistics in terms of studying the methodology of border and cross-border trade (the so-called shuttle trade). In his speech, he particularly emphasized the importance of this issue, the existing problems and its solution with the help of development partners.
It is necessary to take into account that in the framework of the Trade Statistics Improvements Project (UNDP) the work is being conducted to improve the methodology and tools for trade statistics in accordance with international standards, and the option of conducting a census of trade entities for the establishment of a trade register is considered.
The issue of preparing for the forthcoming population and housing census of 2020 was also considered at the donor-meeting. The UN Statistics Division announced the next round of the population and housing census in 2020. The Decree of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan On the preparation and conduction of the population and housing census of the Republic of Tajikistan in 2020 was issued.
Since January 1, 2017, the active work is being carried out on preparation of the pilot population and housing census in two microdistricts of Dushanbe and Nurek town in Khatlon Region. The activities on preparation of the lists of the heads of the households, number of people living in these areas, as well as the availability of access of the household to the Internet for the subsequent preparation of organizational plans on conduction of Internet survey are in progress.
Director of the Agency on statistics, Ms. Hasanzoda Gulnora noted that any census is a large-scale and expensive event and expressed the hope that our development partners will support the Agency in the preparation and holding of this event as well as in addressing the issues discussed during the meeting and successful implementation of the scheduled plans.