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Join us at our Special Meeting on “NSOs Professional Independence: Threats and Responses”

Special Meeting 

“NSOs Professional Independence: Threats and Responses”

Tuesday 18, September 2018

Paris, France

Prior to the 2018 IAOS-OECD Conference “Better Statistics for Better Lives” that will take place on 19-21 September 2018 in Paris, France, the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is organising a Special Meeting on “NSOs Professional Independence: Threats and Responses”.

This Special Meeting will discuss at a high level the challenges to the independence of Official Statistics by analysing concrete cases, governance arrangements and the role of the international statistical community.

Professional independence of NSOs is a subject of the utmost importance for official statistics and we have decided to dedicate a full day to highlight it. The meeting will consist on three main sessions and a book presentation by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):

9:30–11:00 hrs – The Challenges to the Independence of Official Statistics: Some concrete cases.

11:00-11:30 hrsCoffee break

11:30–13:00 hrs – Institutional Governance and Support to Statistical Independence

13:00–13:30 hrs – Who cares to know? The Political Economy of Statistical Capacity  (Book presentation by the IDB)

13:30–15:00 hrs – Lunch break.

15:00–16:30 hrs – Discussion: The Role of the International Statistical Community


The Special Meeting will take place one day before the 2018 IAOS-OECD Conference (Tuesday, 18 September 2018) at the OECD Conference Centre and it is open to all people attending it.


There is no extra cost to attend this event, but registration is requested as seating is limited. Entry will be confirmed according to availability. Please RSVP at contactiaos@gmail.com referring to IAOS Special Meeting and providing the following information:

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