A business register of good quality may give a strong push up to the statistical system of a country

MEDSTAT IV brings together business registers specialists of the MED countries to discuss the determinants of quality in this area and to compare their respective experiences


MEDSTAT IV organised a technical workshop in Lisbon on February 19, 2019 to discuss the determinants of quality for business registers and ways to improve it.  The event gathered representatives from all the ENP-S countries, from both the statistical offices and from partner institutions involved in the management of the business registers. Two specialists, from INSEE and ISTAT, were also invited in order to present the way quality was addressed in their respective organisations.

The expert from INSEE focused her intervention on the application of the Code of good practices for statistics in the specific area of business registers and surveys. The expert from ISTAT presented in details the regular confrontation between results from economic surveys and from administrative data. From these two very well documented presentations, the participants had a chance to tackle various aspects of quality in the business registers and to identify very concrete ways to improve the existing processes. A particular important aspect of quality for the registers is the extent and the content of the inter-administrative cooperation among those institutions who gather data on businesses. There is a lot to gain in running regularly quality assessments.

On February 20, the MEDSTAT IV working group on Business registers and statistics met for its fifth time to review the work done during 2018, to assess the main results achieved and discuss their impact on the statistical situation in the region. The Working group also debated the future priorities for its work programme in 2019 and beyond. The extension of the coverage of the registers to the agriculture businesses, to the informal sector and to the non-profit institutions remains a common concern in the region.


For more information, please contact MEDSTAT4@expertisefrance.fr

Auteur : Siska Cahyati

BRIEF DESCRIPTION The MEDSTAT IV project provides expertise and technical support to promote the harmonisation of statistics in line with EU and international standards in 6 domains: business register and business, trade and balance of payments, energy, labour market, migration and transport). It follows on the previous phase implemented over the period 2010-2013. Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia (cooperation with Syria is suspended).

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