|According to the draft amendment, ministries and management agencies must send their statistical figures to the central statistics office for evaluation, including statistical contents, the method of calculations, and sources of data. — Illustrative image/ Photo songmoi
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Planning and Investment in a draft amendment to the Law on Statistics, for the first time, regulated the statistics operations of non State-owned organisations, aiming to create a sound legal framework for the statistics operations outside the State sector.
Non State-owned organis-ations could continue to collect and analyse data and provide forecasts to serve research, production and business activities, along with other legal purposes, the ministry added. Private statistics organ-isations would be allowed to provide related services including training, computing and con-sultancy. Expenses for statistical activities of private organisations must be covered by themselves, the draft said.
The draft also suggested several regulations to avoid differences in statistics presented by various government components.
The aim is to ensure that statistics presented by ministries and management agencies are not vastly different from that of organisations under the central statistics office.
According to the draft amendment, ministries and management agencies must send their statistical figures to the central statistics office for evaluation, including statistical contents, the method of calculations, and sources of data.
Duration for evaluating statistics will be three working days for initial estimated figures, seven working days for preliminary figures, and 15 working days for official figures.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment admitted that the statistical figures of the central statistics office and management agencies for same indicators have been different in several cases, causing failures in gauging real economic situations and creating difficulties in analysis and forecast.
This difference in statistics has been caused by the management agencies of various sectors submitting inadequate and inaccurate information reports to statistics offices, violating the impartiality and objectivity of statistics.
The draft law also clarifies on indicators and a data system for the statistics of ministries and management agencies to prevent overlaps.
The draft law will be discussed at the ninth meeting of the National Assembly that is scheduled to start on May 20 and end on June 25. — VNS