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A new beginning for statistics in Armenia

19 February 2013
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The EU-funded project “Forwarding Armenian Statistics Through Twinning” recently concluded its work in Armenia. Two years of successful cooperation between the National Statistical Service of Armenia (NSSRA) and the EU member state experts culminated in the project’s closing event on 13 February 2013.
The EU-funded twinning project has helped to bring Armenian statistics in compliance with EU standards in a number of important statistical areas. The overall objectives of the project were to support the upgrade of Armenia’s official statistics by introducing a comprehensive quality management framework and new compilation methodologies closely aligned to EU standards. Twinning is an EU-funded institution-building instrument.
Traian Hristea, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stressed that the twinning on forwarding Armenian statistics was very important for the development of Armenia’s institutional structure: ‘In this regard let me highlight the value of independent statistics and the need for independence of the producers of statistics such as the National Statistics Service of Armenia; independence in terms of alienation of any political or external interest’. Hristea went on to say that in recent years the twinning project had focused on improving both the overall quality management system and specific statistics of the NSSRA.

As a result of the project a user friendly and updated NSSRA database of ArmStatbank.am is accessible to the public; quality declarations according to the EU standards on all NSSRA statistics are publicly available; the reporting burden of Armenian enterprises has been reduced by 20 percent; the coverage of national accounts and, therefore, GDP growth estimates have been improved; the Armenian Consumer Price Index has been harmonised with EU standards and will be introduced in 2014.

Tigran Davtyan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, stressed that this was one of the most successful projects realised in Armenia which demonstrated an example not only for Armenians but also for foreign colleagues: ‘I think that this project reached its objectives; today we have a distinguished and developed Institute [the NSSRA] which we can say meets the required EU standards’.

The two-year project involved cooperation between the NSSRA, Statistics Denmark and the national statistical agencies of Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. The EU allocated €1 million for the implementation of this project.

A new beginning for statistics in Armenia

The EU-funded project “Forwarding Armenian Statistics Through Twinning” recently concluded its work in Armenia. Two years of successful cooperation between the National Statistical Service of Armenia (NSSRA) and the EU member state experts culminated in the project’s closing event on 13 February 2013. The EU-funded twinning project has helped to bring Armenian statistics in compliance with EU standards in a number of important statistical areas. The overall objectives of the project were to support the upgrade of Armenia’s official statistics by introducing a comprehensive quality management framework and new compilation methodologies closely aligned to EU standards. Twinning is an EU-funded institution-building instrument. Traian Hristea, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stressed that the twinning on forwarding Armenian statistics was very important for the development of Armenia’s institutional structure: ‘In this regard let me highlight the value of independent statistics and the need for independence of the producers of statistics such as the National Statistics Service of Armenia; independence in terms of alienation of any political or external interest’. Hristea went on to say that in recent years the twinning project had focused on improving both the overall quality management system and specific statistics of the NSSRA. As a result of the project a user friendly and updated NSSRA database of ArmStatbank.am is accessible to the public; quality declarations according to the EU standards on all NSSRA statistics are publicly available; the reporting burden of Armenian enterprises has been reduced by 20 percent; the coverage of national accounts and, therefore, GDP growth estimates have been improved; the Armenian Consumer Price Index has been harmonised with EU standards and will be introduced in 2014. Tigran Davtyan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, stressed that this was one of the most successful projects realised in Armenia which demonstrated an example not only for Armenians but also for foreign colleagues: ‘I think that this project reached its objectives; today we have a distinguished and developed Institute [the NSSRA] which we can say meets the required EU standards’. The two-year project involved cooperation between the NSSRA, Statistics Denmark and the national statistical agencies of Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. The EU allocated €1 million for the implementation of this project.