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2016 IAOS Conference Programme – Papers & Presentations

15th IAOS Conference


“The Spirit of Official Statistics: Partnership and Continuos Innovation”


  6-8 December 2016. Abu Dhabi

Day 1 - Tuesday 6 December 2016

Parallel Session 1.A – Implementing the Fundamental Principles: Supporting Statisticians in Developing Countries

Chair: Stephen Penneck

  1. “Implementing the Fundamental Principles in a Transforming Statistical System”, Francesca Peruci (UNSD)Presentation
  2. “A Success Story: Implementation of Quality Management in the Statistical System of Mongolia”, Sybille von Oppeln-Bronikowski (DESTATIS, Germany)Paper ; Presentation
  3. “Political Power and the Argentine System: The Case of INDEC”, Jorge Todesca (INDEC, Argentina) 
  4. “Spporting Implementation of Fundamental Principles in the African Region”, Ben Kiregyera (UNECA).
  5. “PARIS21’s Role in FPOS Implementation: Supporting Developing Countries Then, Now, and in Coming years”, Millicent Gay Tejada (PARIS21)Presentation

Parallel Session 1.B – Finding People and Following Them

Chair: Peter Hackl TBC (Former Statistics Austria)

  1. “Sudan Experience in Conducting Population Censuses”, Hagir Osman El Jack and Awatif El Awad Musa (Al Neealin University, Sudan)Paper ; Presentation
  2. “Comparison of Geographic Distribution and Correlates of Childhood and Adult Mortality in South Africa using Civil Registration System and Census Datasets 2011”, Samuel Manda (South African Medical Research Council)Presentation
  3. “Harmonised Census Geography in IPUMS International for Spatio-Temporal Research”, Lara Cleveland (University of Minnesota, United States). PaperPresentation
  4. “Early Divorce Predictions in Abu Dhabi”, Mohammed Alkhyeli and Razan Ismail (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 1.C – From Data Dissemination to Services for Data Consumption: The Experience from the European Statistical System

Chair: Mariana Kotzeva (EuroStat)

  1. “Serving Official Statistics Visually”, Michael Neutze (DESTATIS, Germany)Paper ; Presentation
  2. “Innovating Statistical Communication in Europe: The DIGICOM Project”, Emanuele Baldacci (EuroStat) and Stephan Moens (Stats Belgium)Paper ; Presentation
  3. “New Website and Involvement of Users”, Laura Dewis (ONS, United Kingdom)Presentation
  4. “Dealing with Open Data at ISTAT: First Steps Towards a Perfect Data Portal”, Stefano De Francisci (ISTAT, Italy) and  Giovanni Barbieri (ISTAT, Italy)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 2.A – Statistical Innovation in Official Statistics in the GCC Region

Chair: Sabir Al Harbi (GCC-Stat)

  1. “The UAE’s Competitiveness Story in Numbers: Data Driven Policy Making Towards Prosperity”, Abdulla Lootah (FCSA, UAE)Presentation
  2. “Transformation Programme of the Statistics and Information Sector in Saudi Arabia”, Fahad Al Tekhafi (General Authority for Statistics, KSA)Presentation
  3. “Integrating GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques in Kingdom of Bahrain Vegetarian Survey”, Khalid A. Hameed Al Hammadi (Central Informatics Organisation, Bahrain)PaperPresentation
  4. “New ways of Collecting Price Data: Opportunities and Challenges”, Khalid Al Mudhaffar (NCSI, Oman)Presentation

Parallel Session 2.B – Advancing the Data Revolution through Record Linkage and Data Integration

Chair: Juraj Riecan (UN ESCWA)

Discussant: Marwan Khawaja (UN ESCWA)

  1. “Lessons Learned from Record Linkage Applications to Advance Mortality Statistics of Indigenoues Populations in Australia; Unpacking Sources of Error and Magnitudes of Bias”, Ching Choi (University of New South Wales, Australia)Presentation
  2. “Strengthening Vital Statistics in Low and Middle Income Countries through Record Linkage: Past Lessons, Current Challenges, and Future Opportunities”, Romesh Silva (UN ESCWA).
  3. “Reflection on Record Linkage as a Tool to Advance Measurement, Interoperability, and Systems Development”; Fritz Scheuren (NORC, United States). Presentation

Parallel Session 2.C – Showcasing the Work of CAPMAS

  1. “Partnerships between Arab Statistical Offices to Build a National Statistical System”, Haidy Mahmoud (CAPMAS)PaperPresentation
  2. “Egypt Household International Migration Survey (Egypt-HIMS). One of the Aspects of International and Regional Partnership”, Mostafa Younes Yousef (CAPMAS). Paper ; Presentation
  3. “Factors Affecting Decent Work in Egypt”, Reem Ismail Elsybaey (CAPMAS).  Paper Presentation
  4. “New Statistical Method to Improve the Quality of Official Statistics in CAPMAS. Opportunities and Challenges”, Said Kamal Mohammed (CAPMAS)Paper ; Presentation

IAOS General Assembly Meeting

  1. Olaw Awad (IAOS President 2015-2017)Presentation

Day 2 - Wednesday 7 December 2016

Parallel Session 3.A – Partnerships and Innovative Approaches for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Chair: Francesca Perucci (UNSD)

  1. “National Monitoring System as Prototype for SDG Database”, Ola Awad (PCBS, Palestine)Presentation
  2. “The Value of Data in the Implementation of Agenda 2030”, Georgio Alleva (ISTAT, Italy). Paper ; Presentation
  3. “Integrating New Data Sources and Tools to Monitor SDGs”, Julio Santaella Castell (INEGI, Mexico)PaperPresentation
  4. “The Global Approach to Responding to the New Data Requirements related to the Swiss Case”, Georges-Simon Ulrich (Swiss Federal Statistical Office)Presentation

Parallel Session 3.B – Building and Mordernising National Statistical Systems

Chair: Heli Jesjanen-Sundström (former Startistics Findland)

  1. “Smart Statistics as a Service”, Hassan Machmouchi (Dubai Statistics Center)PaperPresentation
  2. “Strategy for the Development and Implementation of a Statistical System”, Hasan Al Jafri (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation
  3. “Introducing Modernisation in the Statistical System in the Kurdistan Region”, Gohar Saeid (KRSO, Iraq)PaperPresentation
  4. “Partnership in Action for Results  Measuring and Monitoring Sharjah Emirate’s-specific Sustainable Development Goals”, Naama Nasir Alaboodi (DSCD, UAE)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 3.C – Improving Statistics and Purchasing Power Parities in the Gulf Region to Inform Policy Making

Chair: Grant Cameron (World Bank Group)

  1. “Statistical Capacity in the Gulf Countries: What Could be Done?”, Mustafa Dinc (World Bank Group)Presentation
  2. “Developing a Strategy for the Continuous Production of Purchasing Power Parities and Improvement of Price Statistics in the Arab Region”, Majed Skaini (UN ESCWA)PaperPresentation
  3. “Uses of Purchasing Power Parities and Prices Indices to Better Inform Policy-Making and Poverty Measurement”, Nada Hamadeh (World Bank Group)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 3.D – Statistical Literacy in the Rapidly Expanding Information Society

Chair: Sibylle von Oppeln-Bronikowski (DESTATIS, Germany)

Discussant: Reija Helenius (Statistics Finland)Presentation

  1. “Actions for Improving Statistical Literacy in Slovenia”, Genovefa Ruzic (Statistical Office, Slovenia)PaperPresentation
  2. “CBS in the Classroom: How Statistics Netherlands Approaches Young Students in Learning Statistics”, Lieke Stroucken (CBS, Netherlands). Paper Presentation
  3. “How much is 20%? Increasing Statistical Literacy Among Students”, Kerstin Haensel (DESTATIS, Germany)Presentation
  4. “Promoting Statistical Literacy in Abu Dhabi”, Raba’a Baniyas (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 4.A – Rising to the Challenges with Ingenuity: Modernisation Processes in National Statistical Offices

Chair: Georges-Simon Ulrich (FSO, Switzerland)

  1. “Modernisation in the Central Statistical Office, Ireland: Evolution, not Revolution”, Andrew O’ Sullivan (CSO, Ireland)Presentation
  2. “Transforming the Australian Bureau of Statistics”, Jenn Telford (ABS, Australia)PaperPresentation 
  3. “The Use of Enterprise Architecture as a Framework to Fulfil OECD Quality Principles”, Julio Santaella (INEGI, Mexico)Presentation
  4. “Modernising Official Statistics. The International Dimension”, Lidia Bratanova (UNECE)Presentation

Parallel Session 4.B – Innovation in Data Access and Dissemination

Chair: Mario Palma (INEGI, Mexico)

Discussant: Pedro Coelho (NOVA University, Portugal) 

  1. “From Mobile to Web to Print: Modernising the CompleteDissemination Chain Switzerland”, Thomas Schulz (FSO, Switzerland)PaperPresentation
  2. “Building a Modern Statistical website: SCAD’s Experience”, Greg Pole (SCAD, UAE). Paper Presentation 
  3. “Building a Dedicated Team for Innovation in Data Visualisation – SCAD’s Experience”, Badria A. Obaid and Gregory Pole (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 4.C – Measurement of Social Development

Chair: Satish Chandra (Tawam Hospital, UAE)

  1. “Assessment of Sudan Household Health Survey Data, 2010”, Awatif Musa (Al Neelain University, Sudan). PaperPresentation
  2. “Measuring the Dispersion of Incomes (Tanzania)”, Gabriel K. Simbila (Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre)Presentation
  3. “Gender Wage Gap in Morocco: Is there any Evidence for Discrimination?”, Mustapha Ziroili (HCP, Morocco)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 4.D – GCC Intitiatives. The Importance of Partnerships & the Environment

Chair: Abukaker Al Gifri (SCAD, UAE).

  1. “Regional Statistical Cooperation: GCC-Stat Case Study”, Duaa Sultan (GCC-Stat)PaperPresentation
  2. “Water Statistics in the GCC Countries: Recent Experiences”, Ibtihaj Al-Siyabi (GCC-Stat)PaperPresentation
  3. “Building Statistical Partnerships with the Business Sector in Abu Dhabi”, Nouf Al Zaabi (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation
  4. “Importance of Environmental Statistics to Support the Decision Maker”, Yasser Othman (Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi)Presentation

Parallel Session 5.A – Population Statistics from Big Data: Will it Meet User Needs?

Chair: Nancy McBeth (GCC Stat)

Discussant: Yousef Al Hammadi (GSEC, UAE).

  1. “Estimating Population Mobility Using Big DataSources: Benefits and Challenges”, Jane Naylor (ONS, United Kingdom)PaperPresentation
  2. “New Opportunities for Statistics on Population and Mobility from the Use of Mobile Phone Data”, Fernando Reis (Eurostat)PaperPresentation
  3. “Big Data Strategy of Statistics Korea”, Hae Ryun Kim (Statistics Korea)Presentation

Parallel Session 5.B – Strengthening Statistics for a Better National Agenda

Chair: Massod Badri (ADEC, UAE)

  1. “The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics in SCAD”, Mohammed Al Rifae (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation
  2. “Competitiveness and Statistics at the Heart of a National Vision”, Malik Al Madani (FCSA, UAE)Presentation
  3. “Energy Data to Develop the Energy Sector”, Abdallah Azzam (PCBS, Palestine)PaperPresentation
  4. “Interlinked Statistics Aligned with the Government’s Long-Term Development Plans for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi”, Shamma Al Remeithi (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 5.C – Highlighting the Value of Work through Statistics

Chair: Ada Van Krimpen (ISI)

  1. “Decent Work in Morocco: What Reality?, Jammal Guennouni (HCP, Morocco)PaperPresentation
  2. “Integration of Labour Caps into the Household Income and Expenditure Survey in Abu Dhabi”, Osama Al Zoubi (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation
  3. “Labour Statistics for Evidence Based Policies”, Mona Khalaf Al Daas (Central Statistical Bureau, Kuwait)PaperPresentation

Day 3 - Thursday 8 December 2016

Keynote Address

  1. “Public-Private Partnerships for Big Data”, Dr. Johannes Jütting (Head, Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century PARIS21)Presentation

Parallel Session 6.A – Implementing the Fundamental Principles: Success Stories and Good and Bad Experiences

Chair: Paul Cheung (National University, Singapore)

  1. “Defending the Integrity of Official Statistics and the Independence of Statisticians”, Jean-Louis Bodin (Independent Consultant, France)Paper
  2. “Problems of Implementing the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics in Ukraine”, Oleksandr Osaulenko (NASOA, Ukraine)PaperPresentation
  3. “Towards a Global System of Monitoring the Implementation of UN Fundamental Principles in National Official Statistics”, Andreas V. Georgiou (Independent Consultant, Greece). Presentation
  4. “The Role of NSS in Defending Integrity; the Case of the Royal Statistical Society”, Denise Lievesley (RSS, United Kingdom)Presentation

Parallel Session 6.B – Statistics for Improving Trust, Peace and Security

Chair: Mario Palma (INEGI, Mexico)

Discussant: Rudolphe Petras (PARIS21)

  1. “Measuring Corruption, Crime and Victimisation in the Context of the SDGs”, Enrico Bisogno (UNODC).
  2. “Wellbeing, Trust in Public Institutions and the SDG 16”, Marco Mira (OECD).
  3. “Measuring SDG Goal 16: Are we Ready? The Mexican Context”, Adrian Franco (INEGI, Mexico)PaperPresentation

Parallel Session 6.C – Innovative Methods and Uses of Technology in Official Statistics

Chair: Saif Al Shaali (UAE University)

Discussant: Simon Field (Gartner, UAE)

  1. “ESCAD: Data Collection and Dashboard in Abu Dhabi”, Huda Al Bastaki (SCAD, UAE)PaperPresentation
  2. “Issues in Optical Character Recognition for Statistical Data Capture”, Arij Dekker (Independent Consultant, Netherlands)PaperPresentation
  3. “Balancing Input-Output tables with Bayesian Slave-raiding Ants”, Rolando Gonzales Martinez (Bayesian Institute for Research & Development)Presentation
  4. “Variance Reduction using a non-informative Sampling Design”, Thomas Zimmermann (DESTATIS)Presentation

Parallel Session 6.D – Administrative and Alternative Data Sources

Chair: Ibrahim Abdalla TBC (UAE University)

  1. “Statistical Data Quality in SCAD: The Model and the Implementation”, Maamoon Kassab (SCAD, UAE). Paper Presentation
  2. “Improving Offficial Statistics by Maximising the use of Administrative Data in the Department of Statistics in Morocco: Current Situation and Prospects”, Bouchikkar Bouazza (HCP, Morocco)PaperPresentation
  3. “Big Data and Macroeconomic Nowcasting: From Data Access to Modelling”, Dario Buono (Eurostat)PaperPresentation
  4. “Understanding Australian Migrant Outcomes – Making Better Use of Administrative Data”, Jenny Teldford (Australian Burau of Statistics)Paper Presentation
  5. “Big Data and Official Statistics in Morocco: Opportunities and Challenges”, Lina Tazi  (INAC, Morocco)Paper