Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) and the UNESCO Regional Office in Doha will organise, in cooperation with UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), a series of events in June and July this year.
The planned activities will start with a consultative meeting on statistical capacity building and a workshop on culture statistics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The events will conclude with a special meeting for partners concerned with culture statistics in Qatar.
These events, which will take place between June 28 and July 1, are part of the objectives and activities of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). They are also part of efforts by Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, the acting president of QSA and a member of the Board of Trustees of UIS, to enhance and improve the status of statistics in the Arab region in general and Qatar in particular.
The GCC countries Consultative Meeting aims at formulating a two-year work plan to enhance capacity-building efforts in areas related to the work of the UIS. High-level statisticians, representing stakeholders, will participate in the meeting. The workshop, which will start on Monday, is designed for statistics agencies and organisations concerned with culture statistics.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani will open the Consultative Meeting with a welcome address, followed by a speech by Dr Hamad Al Hamami, Director of the UNESCO regional office in Doha.
The Consultative Meeting will introduce to the participants the 2008-2013 UIS mid-term strategy. It will also identify joint activities of cooperation between the stakeholders in the future.
The Director of the Department of Demographic, Social and Statistical Analysis, Sultan Al Kuwari, will open a training workshop that aims at introducing to the participants the revised 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics so that it can be applied in a context that suits the GCC states.
The GCC representatives will deliver, in the workshop, presentations on the culture statistics in the member states, problems facing statistics in the region and the means of solving them.