The (NCSI) will participate in the first Gulf statistical forum to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 20-22, 2017. The forum will discuss the demand for statistical data and information as well as use of statistics for policy making.
The Forum, held under the theme of "Strengthening Statistical Partnerships to Support Economic Policies and Sustainable Development in the GCC", reviews the application of statistical data and information from an international perspective, addressing the goals of sustainable development for 2030, emerging issues in the area of data in the post-crisis world and policy developments. Economic and Financial Safety will also be a topic at the forum.
It will also discuss the demand for statistical data and information from a regional and national perspective, by addressing national reforms and policies to achieve more diversified economic development and enhance competitiveness and research in national development plans and sustainable development goals in the Arab world as well as developments in the GCC common market. The meeting will also discuss the efforts of statistical agencies in the GCC countries towards meeting the growing demand for high quality statistical data and information. The National Center for Statistics and Information will present the Sultanate's experience in transforming data to information and knowledge. Panel discussions on measuring progress towards achieving sustainable development goals, enhancing statistical knowledge, statistical information and public-private partnerships in statistics have also been arranged as part of the forum.
The National Center for Statistics and Information will present its experience in generating data with respect to the survey on prices in partnership with the private sector, in a working paper on "the technical developments in the system of price survey: benefits and challenges". The Gulf Statistics Forum will open under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and will host 40 Gulf and international speakers and a number of stakeholders who will discuss how to strengthen statistical partnerships to support economic policies and sustainable development in the GCC.
The Forum will also bring together various statistical entities and stakeholders such as data producers, data users and the academic sector to discuss several key themes, including the request for statistical data and information emerging from national development requirements, sustainable development agenda and emerging global economic issues, and provision of statistical products and services to support national development. Further, the forum will discuss strategies to strengthen statistical partnerships between users and producers of data to support economic policies and sustainable development in the GCC countries.