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Title: ILO statistical capacity building programme

ILO statistical capacity building programme And
activities in SPECA
Rafael Diez de Medina Chief Statistician Director
ILO Department of Statistics
ILO statistical capacity building programme
  • Capacity building through technical assistance
    has been one of the Department of Statistics
    three major areas of activity
  • standard setting
  • data collection and dissemination
  • capacity building.
  • Activities coming under the heading of technical
    assistance are undertaken from the ILO
    headquarters as well as the ILO field offices and
    are geared towards enhancing and reinforcing the
    statistical infrastructure of central statistical
    offices, labour ministries and employers and
    workers organizations of the ILO member States.

ILO statistical capacity building programme
  • Recent technical assistance has concentrated
    mainly on the following priority areas identified
    by member countries
  • preparation for and refinement of labour-force
    surveys and surveys of household income and
  • collection of wage and labour-cost statistics,
    statistics on migrant workers
  • development of national classifications of
    occupations based on ISCO-08
  • measurement of employment in the informal sector
  • compilation of labour statistics using
    administrative records
  • improvement in and development of labour-market
    information systems
  • development of statistics on occupational
  • revision of consumer price indices and
  • collection of child labour statistics.

ILO statistical capacity building programme
  • Technical assistance activities have been carried
    out mainly through
  • technical advisory missions to countries, upon
    their request
  • national and international seminars and
  • backstopping of donor-funded labour statistics
  • training courses in labour statistics and
  • dissemination of ILO recommendations on labour
    statistics, manuals, training materials and other
    technical documents.

International training programme
  • The ILO continued to support national statistical
    offices and Ministries of Labour to better
    measure, collect, analyse and disseminate
    statistics through numerous training activities.
  • Thus, beginning 2010, the Department of
    Statistics along with the ILO International
    Training Centre (ITC) in Turin (Italy) has put in
    place a regular annual training programme on
    labour force surveys and other data sources, and
    labour data analysis.
  • Besides, it participated in the Masters programme
    in Applied Labour Economics for Development
    (MALED), which is run at the ITC-ILO as a Master
    of Science programme jointly by the Faculty of
    Economics of the University of Turin and as an
    Executive Masters by the Institut d'Etudes
    Politiques de Paris.

International training programme
  • Training on decent work and labour statistics,
    informality, child labour, wages and hours,
    establishment surveys and MDG indicators,
    Consumer Price Index and ISCO-08, among other
    topics was carried out in the last three years,
    sometimes in partnership with other international
  • Training workshops and technical assistance
    activities on measuring decent work (concepts and
    definitions, data collection, data processing and
    tabulation, data analysis) have been provided by
    the Department of Statistics with the supports of
    the MAP project and the project on Strengthening
    the capacity to devise and analyse decent work
    indicators, known as RECAP project

International training programme
  • Since its inception in 2010, the programme is
    conducted in connexion with another ITC-ILO
    training programme, namely Data Collection,
    Analysis and Measurement of Decent Work
    Indicators, whose component on Labour Force
    Surveys is designed and carried out by the
  • The Department has also contributed a number of
    times with its expertise to the ITC programme
    regarding International Labour Migration and
    Statistics to provide information on the issues
    and problems involved in measuring and analysing
    the phenomenon, ranging from the highly
    technical, statistical perspective to a more
    general overview for non- statisticians.

Technical assistance advisory missions
  • Between 2009-2013, the ILO carried out technical
    advisory missions to the following countries
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mongolia
  • Russian Federation
  • Tajikistan
  • Some of the countries, due to the complexity of
    tasks, have been visited more than once.
  • Also, recurrent advisory missions have been
    carried out to Moldova and Ukraine the CIS

Country-specific support Azerbaijan
  • The Department of Statistics has a long history
    of technical assistance to Azerbaijan, which
    started back in 1993.
  • The most prominent output of the above is the
    first LFS conducted in 2003, followed by a Child
    Labour Survey.
  • In 2012, the Departments Senior International
    Consultant carried out a comprehensive advisory
    mission to the AzSTAT and the Ministry of Labour
    with the objective to
  • Study and analyse the existent LFS materials and
    situation in the country
  • Develop a comprehensive work plan and concrete
    tasks for the constituents and social partners in
  • Elaborate substantial comments on the LFS
    Questionnaire and review relevant instruments and
    to re-draft the LFS Questionnaire.

Country-specific support Kazakhstan
  • The Department of Statistics also has a long
    history of technical assistance to Kazakhstan,
    which started back in 1995.
  • The most prominent output of the above is
    recurrent technical assistance in
  • Developing and testing a comprehensive module on
    measuring employment in the informal economy
  • Training and assistance in developing and testing
    an LFS-based module on measuring decent work.

Country-specific support Kyrgyzstan
  • The Department of Statistics also has been
    largely involved in a number of technical
    activities in Kyrgyzstan training of national
    specialists revision of the EAP module of the
    Integrated Household Budget and Labour Force
  • The most recent technical assistance was provide
    in the
  • Revision of the available labour market
    statistics and their sources to be used for the
    production of the DW indicators (2011).
  • Assistance in the computation of the DWIs and
    preparation of relevant tables for a DW Profile
    of Kyrgyzstan (June 2013).
  • In fact, this week our Senior Consultant is in
    Bishkek on the above advisory mission.

Country-specific support Mongolia
  • On request of the Chairman of Statistics
    Mongolia, a Senior Statistician of the Department
    of Statistics carried out, in September 2011, the
    first advisory mission from ILO Geneva with the
    objective to
  • Review the sources of data collection/data
    collection tools and classifications used.
  • Discuss the problems, needs and challenges of the
    National Statistical Office in the aria of labour
  • Based on the emission findings and further
    request, a follow-up highly technical advisory
    mission was carried out in December 2011 to
    compare and reconcile the 2010 Population Census
    results and the 2010 LFS estimates.
  • The major objective of the above mission was to
    help Statistics Mongolia to prove the robustness
    of the LFS vis-à-vis the Prime Ministers Office.

Country-specific support Tajikistan
  • The Department of Statistics began providing its
    technical assistance to Tajikistan during the
    dire times the country went through - during the
    Civil War. At that time already the Ministry of
    Labour and the State Statistical Committee were
    looking ahead and wanted to know how many jobs
    the country would need to rebuild the daily life
    of its citizens and its economy.
  • The most recent technical assistance to
    Tajikistan provided by the ILO dates 2012-2013
    and covers the following areas
  • 1. A detailed review of the present system of
    labour statistics system in RT. The mission
    resulted in the preparation of a comprehensive
    paper entitled Improvement and Development of a
    Labour Market Information System A Road map for
    the Republic of Tajikistan.

Country-specific support Tajikistan Cntd
  • 2. To study and discuss a possible long-term
    support action plan to develop the basic labour
    statistics system of RT.
  • 3.Pprovide training for senior data producers and
    data users of RT in
  • The economic meaning of a job and its
    statistical measurement.
  • How to understand and apply the DW indicators for
    analytical purposes.
  • 4. Participate in the launching event of the
    UNECE Global Assessment of the Statistical System
    of Tajikistan and make a comprehensive ILO
    presentation on the labour market statistics in
    Tajikistan and urgent need in capacity building.

Country-specific support Turkmenistan
  • ILO was one the first international agencies
    which came to Turkmenistan with the fact-finding
    mission as far back as 1993 to review the labour
    statistics system. A number of concrete
    recommendations were made at that time.
  • The second IO mission was carried out in 2003 to
    review the wage collection tools. Again a
    comprehensive set of recommendations were made.
  • We would definitely like to continue our
    cooperation with that country and are ready to
    provide any advice needed.

Country-specific support Uzbekistan
  • The fact-finding mission to Uzbekistan was
    undertaken in 1995 and concrete recommendations
    were made.
  • One of the recommendations was to begin the
    preparation for a national Labour Force Survey.
  • In 1997, the ILO carried out the second advisory
    mission to assist in drafting an LFS
    Questionnaire. We understand that our
    recommendations were fruitfully used.

Possible way forward
  • In our view, the most advanced country among the
    SPECA countries in terms of labour statistics is
    Kazakhstan. Azerbaijan has also been doing quite
    well. However, the 2012 mission showed further
    work is need to improve the Azerbaijan LFS as
    well as its establishment survey to better
    capture labour cost.
  • Given the current situation, we suggest the
  • To undertake programming missions to Kazakhstan,
    Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Based on the
    findings, the ILO will have a better
    understanding of their labour statistics systems
    and be able to make a consolidated proposal of
    the follow-up capacity building programme for all
    SPECA countries.

Possible way forward
  • Currently, as we see it, the ILO capacity
    building programme can consists of the following
  • 1. Training in selected areas of labour
  • 2. Harmonisation of the LFS tools based on the
    eventual recommendations of the forthcoming 19th
  • Upgrading of the existing National Classification
    of Occupations and National Classifications of
    Status in Employment on their latest
    international versions.
  • Measurement of employment in the informal economy
    (employment in the informal sector and informal

Possible way forward
  • Support to data compilation on key variables on
    labour and decent work statistics (ILOSTAT)
  • Establishment of harmonised data warehouses on
    labour statistics which will be comparable

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