Project ‘EU support to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan to reach European standards’ successfully completed

Implementation of the European and international statistical standards was the topic of a conference held on 22 January 2020 in Baku. It marked the successful completion of the project ‘EU support to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan to reach European standards’, in which Bulgaria participated as a partner. Mr Tahir Budagov, Chairman of the State Statistical Committee, opened the event. Mr Ali Ahmadov - Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Kestutis Jankauskas - Head of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan, Mr Ronald Delemont - Head of Statistics at the ICON Institute, Mr Sergey Tsvetarsky - President of the NSI, Mr Tjark Tsin-A-Tsoi - Director General of Statistics Netherlands and Ms Jurate Petrauskiene - Director General of Statistics Lithuania took part in the conference.

In his speech, Mr Sergey Tsvetarsky emphasized the role of sustainable cooperation between countries in the development of official statistics. He stressed that statistics means comparison and thus standards, communication and cooperation are needed. He also added that Bulgaria has bilateral cooperation agreements with Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, the countries in the Balkan region and that it has been organizing trainings of young statisticians from these countries in its Qualification Centre in Slivek for four consecutive years.

Later in the day, the heads of statistics in four countries - Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Lithuania and the Netherlands - gave lectures at a seminar for students at the Azerbaijan State University of Economics on the future of official statistics and statistical science. The President of the NSI, Mr Sergey Tsvetarsky, spoke about the role of the statistician in the Internet era when we are expecting the data revolution. Two years ago, in 2017 the amount of generated data was larger than in the previous 5 000 years, said Mr Tsvetarsky, adding that the amount of data doubles every three years. Challenges lie in Big Data, open data, experimental statistics and other opportunities for the development of statistics.

Possibilities for strengthening cooperation and joint future projects in the region were also discussed during the visit in Baku.