Regional workshop on Maintenance Strategy, Procedures and Creation of Survey Frames

Budapest on 20-21 March 2018

In the ENP-S countries, statistical business registers constitute an important and very often unique basis for drawing economic survey samples. Information from the SBR that are mostly used in drawing samples for business surveys and stratification are the size (in terms of employment or of turnover), the main activity, the legal form and the region are the criteria most used in stratification.

Representatives from seven ENP-S countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israël, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) were present at the workshop and discussed their respective practices and experiences.

Administrative files are, for most countries, the main source for updating the SBR and, first of all, the data from the Ministry of Finance (tax IMG_1914_resizerecords). Economic surveys of companies also make it possible to correct and to update business register data (as in the recent cases of Egypt and Palestine).

The problem of file matching is always posed in the absence of a common identifier for businesses. Some countries have developed matching software based on alphabetic character recognition. It should be noted that in the last two years, most of the countries have established the common identifier system or are in the process of  developing one.

The facilitation of the workshop was done in association with an expert from the French INSEE who presented the specific experience of France, with an emphasis on quality issues.  Otherwise,


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Training course on « Supervision and management” for middle management staff of the NSIs

Nice, 10 – 12 April 2018

Statisticians are mainly trained on statistics issues and, in their professional career, they rarely receive any support on issues like people management and leadership. However, as they progress in their career, they have to manage teams, sometimes large ones and they do it generally using their personal skills and instinct and building on their experience. Results may sometimes be very good but in general, there is a large room for improvement.

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In its 2018 training work programme, MEDSTAT IV introduced a specific training course on “supervision and management” for middle management staff of the NSIs who was attended by 12 statisticians from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. During three days, participants were introduced to methods and techniques and tools to manage, develop and motivate their staff and team, so as to increase their performance in their services. Several key issues were thoroughly debated, based on the concrete experience of each participant, covering managerial roles and responsibilities, leadership in action, delegation and control, peer consulting, communication within teams and behaviour in tense situation. At the end of the training course, trainees had been exposed to very concrete issues and learned to better work as a team.

The organisation of the course allowed the participants to express themselves in French, English and Arabic so the debates were opened and very lively. The evaluation of the course showed that the topic corresponded to a crucial need in the countries. There will be a post-evaluation process 6 months from now to assess the impact the training courses had on the day-to-day work in the NSIs. The participants and their immediate direct management will be contacted and specific questions will be asked regarding the use of the knowledge and good practices acquired during the training course, individually by the participants, and more institutionally by the service they belong to.

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