On 14 December, Pavel Malkov, Head of the Federal Service for State Statistics (Rosstat), chaired the 12th Meeting of Heads of BRICS National Statistical Offices via videoconference.
The meeting also saw the presence of Susana Cordeiro Guerra, President of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Shailja Sharma, Director General of India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Xian Zude, Deputy Commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, as well as Ashwell Jenneker, Deputy Director-General of Statistics South Africa.
The participants discussed the main areas and prospects of cooperation between BRICS National Statistical Offices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the digitalization of statistics record and new data sources.
“The rapid development of technologies is drastically changing approaches to data collection and processing. The whole world is creating streaming tools, cloud platforms, experimental sandboxes, data hubs and universal data showcases,” Rosstat Head Pavel Malkov said in his welcome remarks.
He also noted the importance of training and professional development to meet the new challenges posed by digital transformation for statistics.
“Many countries have already established training and resource centres, including those for increasing statistical literacy and for overseeing breakthrough statistical projects,” Pavel Malkov said. “In October 2020, Rosstat teamed up with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the World Bank to open a similar centre in Russia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues from China and India. We relied on their experience while creating our own centre of international statistical expertise - Tsentrostat.”
The participants presented a BRICS Joint Statistical Publication, a key outcome of BRICS National Statistical Offices activities in 2020.