Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation
Triennial Programme of Workshops on Web Common Questionnaire on Transport Statistics
The importance of transport as a driver of national competitiveness has increased dramatically over recent decades, due mostly to the increasingly complex demands by the international economy.
Collecting transport statistics from Central Asian Countries is difficult. On the basis of the requests made in various fora (WP6, ITC in 2009–2010), three seminars/workshops in the Caucasus and Central Asia were held in 2010–2012, to raise the awareness of those countries on the need for gathering data on transport and on the use of the Common Questionnaire with special focus on methodology and road accidents statistics. Information on the E-Censuses was also included in the agenda.
The first workshop was held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) in September 2010. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan participated. The second one held in Baku (Azerbaijan) was an opportunity for Azeri and Russian statisticians to test the interface of the Web CoQ translated in Russian language for the first time. The last workshop held in November 2012 gathered together in Kiev (Ukraine) statisticians of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine for the same purpose. The methodology of data collection on road safety was also explained to the participants. The major role of statistics in road safety policies was underlined and illustrated with data from EECCA countries.
These workshops offered concrete examples of synergies of action between the three secretariats of UNECE, OECD-ITF and EUROSTAT. The Chair of WP6 also participated in the last workshop, which may be considered as the last of a series meant to achieve a coherent and comprehensive data system on transport statistics.
Besides, a document on Transport Statistics as a tool for economic development assessment was prepared in 2011 with a special focus on CIS countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The conclusions of this analytical work in support of the technical assistance already provided will need to be finalized and might be published as an additional tool for capacity building in this field.
Workshop held in Kiev (22 November 2012)