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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

30 November 2020

Welcoming Remarks


Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the sixteenth session of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP).

I welcome participants from member States of the Governing Council as well as other members and associate members of ESCAP.

The participation of international, regional and subregional organizations is much appreciated.

This session of the Governing Council is being organized at a very critical juncture. Since early 2020, the Asia-Pacific region economies and societies have been impacted severely by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

In 2020, we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of SIAP.

This Institute was established to provide training to official statisticians in governments to collect, analyze and disseminate timely and high-quality statistics which are used for supporting policymakers in our region.

I am also very pleased to recognise that SIAP has been playing a critical role in statistical capacity development in the last fifty years. This has contributed to better functioning statistical systems in Asia and the Pacific.

The Institute has always reoriented capacity-building activities to meet the changing demands of the countries in the region.

I am confident that the Institute will continue to address all the emerging demands of the member States in the area of statistics, especially, in the context of monitoring of the 2030 Agenda and overcoming the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on statistical operations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Data and statistics are essential tools to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially as we navigate through this ongoing pandemic-induced socio-economic crisis.

The sixteenth session of SIAP will take up issues for supporting effective implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for managing the statistical activities during COVID-19 pandemic.

In this context, I recognise that the Governing Council of SIAP provides an important and timely opportunity to reflect on development of virtual statistical training, role of SIAP under the COVID-19 pandemic and resource mobilization strategy of SIAP.

I look forward to your deliberations and recommendations on these important topics, so that we can take appropriate action.

I hope today’s discussion will guide the first step of the next many more years of SIAP.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Japan, the host of the Institute, for providing continued cooperation and support, both cash and in-kind, since its inception.

Furthermore, I must express our sincere appreciation to members and associate members of ESCAP and our long-standing partners and statistical community.

The quality of SIAP’s technical services is very much dependent on your goodwill, expertise and active engagement.

I wish you a very successful and fruitful discussion during the session of the Governing Council.

Thank you.

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