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 received from member States in 2009-2010, three seminars/workshops for countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) were held in 2010–2012. Their main objectives were to raise awareness of those countries of the need for collecting data on transport and on the use of the Common Questionnaire on transport statistics, with a special focus on methodology and road accidents statistics. Information on the E-Censuses was also included in the agenda of these events.
The first workshop was held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) in September 2010, with participation of experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The other two workshops held in Baku (Azerbaijan, 2011) and in Kiev (Ukraine, 2012) were attended by statisticians from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Ukraine. During these workshops, the participants received training on the methodology of data collection on road safety and the use of the Web Common Questionnaire which was translated into the Russian language for the first time. The major role of statistics in road safety policies was also highlighted and illustrated with data from EECCA countries.
The workshops offered concrete examples of synergies of action between the secretariats of UNECE, OECD-ITF and EUROSTAT. These events resulted in increased number of statistical data entries from EECCA countries into the Web Common Questionnaire which was an important contribution to a coherent and comprehensive data system on transport statistics in the UNECE region.