GSO hosts high-level forum on ASEAN Community Statistical System hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Quoc Phuong speaks at the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The General Statistics Office (GSO), as ASEAN Chair in the field of statistics this year, hosted a High-level Forum on the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) and Vietnam’s statistical system in the form of video conference on December 10.

2020 marks a decade of ACSS, which was founded in 2011 and has since made every effort to provide relevant, timely, and comparable ASEAN statistics in support of evidence-based policy and decision making and to enhance the statistical capacity of member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.

In his remarks at the online forum, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Quoc Phuong said statistics play an increasingly important role in human lives, particularly at a time when the world is experiencing unpredictable uncertainty.

The Vietnamese Government and the Ministry of Planning and Investment have backed the GSO in accelerating international integration and expanding international cooperation in its field of endeavour. It helps Vietnam obtain updates on, share knowledge about, and access advanced statistical methods to improve the effectiveness of operations.

GSO Director General Nguyen Thi Huong said the office proposed the grouping to together improve the capacity of ACSS to better meet increasing demand for data.

She added that ACSS has popularised more than 700 statistical indexes on the website of the ASEAN Statistics Agency (ASEANstats).

The ACSS Committee informed that it has adopted a concept paper on the use of big data to improve ACSS’s official statistical data.

The ACSS Committee held its 10th session online on December 8 and 9 under the co-chair of the GSO Director General Nguyen Thi Huong and Director General of the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics of Brunei Hajah Mariah Haji Yahya.

Brunei will be chair of ACSS in 2021./.