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Sharjah Statistics to Share Global Spotlight on Use of Data for Community Development

sheikh-mohammedInternational Association for Official Statistics Conference to be held in Abu Dhabi

The Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has announced its participation in the 15th conference of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS 2016), which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi from 6th to 8th of December. More than 500 top officials, policy makers and experts will be attending the three-day event, where DSCD will showcase a range of modern statistical methodologies and practices it has used during the ‘Sharjah Census 2015’ and will highlight its key results.

The department will also present a work paper illustrating the advanced technologies it adopted in collecting highly accurate spatial statistical data during ‘Citizen Survey 2013’, ‘Service Survey 2014’ and ‘Sharjah Census 2015’.

DSCD combines the mission and utilisation of data collection to enhance community development, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his guidance to ensure the sustainable welfare and happiness of Sharjah’s citizens.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of DSCD, said: “The IAOS 2016 conference is a global gathering for statistical experts from across the globe. It provides the ideal platform to highlight best practices in statistical data management and strengthen cooperation between the various bodies locally, regionally and globally. The conference also provides a valuable opportunity to share expertise and knowledge on how to implement statistical processes and develop effective statistical services in the best possible manner,” he added.

“We look forward to introducing participants to our work and the experience we have gained over the years, culminating in the Sharjah Census 2015, which is an outstanding achievement in statistical work. We aspire to attract the best global practices that can be applied to build a more comprehensive and sustainable statistical system as part of our quest to not only stay abreast, but take a leading role in developing statistical work,” Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said.

The Sharjah Census 2015 is the most important statistical work implemented in Sharjah so far. It has provided the necessary data for decision makers, officials and investors to assess many economic, social and cultural aspects of the emirate. It has also helped to determine population rates in Sharjah’s cities and provide detailed information about commercial establishments. This data assists in detecting the types, places and concentration of businesses, and the increase or lack of services and facilities. This identifies the emirate’s economic activity and can pinpoint where urban and community development is needed most.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre, the IAOS 2016 Conference will take place under the theme ‘The Spirit of Official Statistics: Partnership and Continuous Innovation’ at the Abu Dhabi National Convention Centre. This is the first time that an Arab country has won the bid to organise this renowned international conference, a new achievement that emphasizes the UAE’s growing position and leading attraction as a host for major events.

The event will also discuss strengthening the value of official statistics in the rapidly expanding information society, partnerships in action for results, innovation and modernisation of national statistical systems and adherence to fundamental principles in practicing statistical work. A session titled ‘Measuring Progress for Arab Women’ will be dedicated to Arab women in the first time of the IAOS history.

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