HA NOI (VNS)— The establishment of a national statistics council was necessary to create a trustworthy, transparent and accurate nationwide statistics system, a recent conference heard.
Speaking at the conference, which was jointly held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Development Programme, many delegates said that the quality of statistical data was an important issue, proven by a series of stories showing doubts over statistics used in different publications.
PhD Bui Tat Thang, head of the Institute of Development Strategy, said the public did not have a deep understanding about the statistics system, which caused inaccurate evaluations on the national socio-economic situation and affected people's trust in the authorities' policies.
According to Thang, the reason for inaccuracies was a lack of co-operation on statistical data between ministries, sectors and localities.
Co-ordination was among the key criteria of statistical work. Poor co-ordination among authorised agencies meant inaccurate statistics would be compiled, which failed to meet international standards, he said.
This has led to different results in final numbers. For example, statistics of trained workers or public debt at different agencies were proven different from each other.
PhD Nguyen Sinh Cuc of the General Statistic of Viet Nam said after ten years of enforcing the Law on Statistics, the authorised agencies still fail to bring together scientists and experts to create a comprehensive statistical system.
The latest study of the agency showed that about 100 countries throughout the world have established their own national statistics councils to provide consulting services and promote national co-ordination in the field.
In Viet Nam, there are about 40 units in charge of statistics. However, many have stopped operating, it said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Trung said the establishment of such a council would help effectively implement the general statistics system between ministries, sectors and localities.
Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Vice chief representative in Viet Nam, reiterated that UNDP would support Viet Nam in building a national council, which was suitable for the country's conditions and ensured the quality and effectiveness of its statistical activities, in accordance with international rules.
As planned, the establishment of a national statistics council would be part of amendments to laws, which would be submitted to the Government by the middle of next year. — VNS