New reference year, key recommendation of Tunisian-French-Italian twinning project for better statistics | Tunisia News Gazette

New reference year, key recommendation of Tunisian-French-Italian twinning project for better statistics

Modernisation of Tunisia’s Statistical System, a twinning project involving the National Institute of Statistics (French: INS), the French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) and the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), was officially closed on Thursday in Tunis.

One key recommendation consists in changing the reference year, now 1997, to 2015. The project, funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of 1.350 million euros, is meant to improve the statistical system in Tunisia.

A new statistical system can improve the measurement of the informal sector and help revise the national accounting system, said INS Director-General Hedi Saidi.

The Modernisation of Tunisia’s Statistical System helped revamp the statistics legislation and further abide by the basic principles of official statistics, including scientific and professional independence, quality and dissemination.

Additionally, it helped develop a methodology for a better estimate of the regional GDP and the added value and suggested the inclusion of the geospatial information in the process of statistical production.

The draft statistical law, which was approved by a cabinet meeting in December 2017, will be shortly brought to the floor of the House of People’s Representatives.

Ambassador of Italy to Tunisia Lorenzo Fanara laid emphasis on the key importance of statistics in political debates and said his country is committed to further supporting projects geared towards Tunisia, particularly in relation to statistics.

Counsel to the French Embassy to Tunisia Laurent Viguie said statistics are a crucial tool for economic and social development, while Head of European Union cooperation in Tunisia Sophie Vanhaeverbeke said the twinning project is an instrument for closer cooperation between Tunisia and Europe.

“We are ready to provide needed technical assistance so that Tunisia can produce independent, reliable, relevant and accessible statistics,” she highlighted. The twinning agreement enables the EU, as a donor, “to grasp the economic, political and social reality in Tunisia” and bring the adequate assistance.

The twinning project between the Tunisia, French and Italian statistics institutions, with the support of the Department of Statistics of the Republic of Lithuania, fits within the financing agreement of the Programme of Support to the Association Agreement and the Transition Process (P3AT) between Tunisia and the European bloc.

Source: TAP News Agency

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