News of Rosstat
On January 23rd the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Permanent Representative in the Russian Federation Annette Kyobe and Rosstat experts discussed methodology for calculation of population incomes and expenditures, development of macroeconomic parameters, including GDP and its structure, reasons for revision of previously published macroeconomic indicators. There has been a long-term and regular interaction between Rosstat and IMF, in particular, in the following domains: Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), implementation of the G20 Data Gaps Initiative, the UN Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts, international scientific and professional events. Besides, regular meetings of experts are held on development of SNA indicators, harmonization of national statistical methodology with international standards. Digitalization and data transformation may become a new domain for cooperation. The key tool for modernization is Digital Analytical Platform. Its implementation aims to reduce the reporting burden on respondents, provide primary statistical data, and, as a result, introduce a single information network. According to the Deputy Head of Rosstat, Mr. Sergey Egorenko, since the IMF is intensifying efforts to utilize big data in statistics and Rosstat has launched its pilot projects, both parties would benefit from experience exchange.
26 November 2019
During the working visit to Statistics Denmark Rosstat delegation discussed with Danish colleagues the issues of electronic data collection, registers and other administrative sources for calculating statistical indicators. The visit to Copenhagen started on November 25th 2019. Rosstat delegation headed by Mr. Pavel Malkov and colleagues from relevant statistical organizations were hosted by Mr. Jørgen Elmeskov, Director General of the Statistics Denmark. During the visit Rosstat delegation studied algorithms for data collection and dissemination applied by Statistics Denmark, as well as metadata and GSBPM (Generic Statistical Business Process Model). “In 2024 Rosstat Development Strategy special attention is paid to implementation of new methods and digital means for work with statistical data,” said Mr. Pavel Malkov. “We are happy to have an opportunity to learn from one of the most effective European statistical agencies. Besides, Statistics Denmark has great experience in working with administrative sources, big data and electronic reporting.” According to the head of Rosstat, experience gained from Danish colleagues will help to increase timeliness and quality of statistics and reduce burden on respondents. Mr. Malkov pointed out that future bilateral cooperation might also be organized in the framework of International Resource Center established by Rosstat. The IRC is supposed to accumulate and disseminate information on new statistical methodologies and best practices as well as provide international consulting services. The two statistical authorities have been collaborating for decades. However, since 2016 the cooperation started to intensify. In particular, Statistics Denmark has become the leader of a consortium of six leading European statistical agencies working together with the World Bank in a project (RAS) aimed to strengthen Rosstat statistical capacity.
15 November 2019
The international conference “Digital Agenda for Statistics: Timeliness, Quality and Openness” took place on November 14-15th, 2019 in Moscow. More than 350 representatives from 16 countries discussed challenges that make an impact on development of statistics. “The conference program demonstrates how statistics changes and what it would become tomorrow. The main challenge of modern society is digitalization. However, there is a question: what is more important in statistics – timeliness or quality? The only solution is to use IT as well as provide effective alternative data management” - highlighted in his welcome address Mr. Pavel Malkov, Head of Rosstat. Today Rosstat is designing a Digital Analytical Platform focused mainly on big data management. The platform will allow to establish a digital network for all government authorities related to statistics and comprehensive methodology, providing an easy access to statistical data for different groups of users. Mr. Malkov is sure that “only by applying modern technologies it is possible both to reduce burden on business and increase demand on quality and timeliness of statistics.” According to the Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Mr. Savva Shipov, after digitalizing statistical reporting it is essential to apply streaming data and big data management. “The main challenge for statistics in respect of competition between old and modern figures is to keep up with the times” – Mr. Shipov summed up. In her report, the Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Statistical Division, Ms. Lidia Bratanova, highlighted most effective international practices of applying digitalization in statistics, based on experience of large companies as well as public offices.