In-depth review on ...
The Bureau reviewed strategic issues in business statistics in February 2007, and noted that the lack of guidelines and the question of coherence of business statistics are among the core issues in the area. The Bureau observed the number of international initiatives, notably the UN Friends of the Chair on the integrated approach to economic statistics, the Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers, and the European group on multinational enterprises. The Bureau saw a need for a wider vision of the directions in which business statistics should develop.
Outcome of the review
In February 2008, the Bureau set up a small group to prepare an overview of a few key strategic issues, and to organize a CES seminar on Strategic issues in business statistics in June 2009. Following the CES seminar, the Task Force presented a proposal for further work. The Bureau decided not to launch new work on the topic. The Bureau decided that instead some papers on business microdata, user demand for business statistics and reduction of response burden would be drafted for discussion by the Bureau. This also led to updating the Guidelines on managing statistical confidentiality and microdata access with country case studies.
At the time of the in-depth review, EU had launched the programme for Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) to further harmonize and streamline business and trade statistics.
In 2006, the UNSC had recommended the operational use of an integrated approach to economic statistics and set up two consecutive Friends of the Chair groups to work on the issue. The second group with participation for example from Eurostat, IMF, OECD and UNECE extended the initial recommendations to Guidelines on Integrated Economic Statistics in 2012. The purpose was to provide a methodological tool and a compendium of case studies on the integrated approach. A website on good practices on integrated economic statistics was also published.