Technical assistance in 2018

In pursuance of the objective set in the Strategy for 2018–2022 – to increase the accessibility and awareness of the services offered by Statistics Lithuania by strengthening the interinstitutional cooperation nationally and internationally – Statistics Lithuania provided technical assistance to foreign statistical offices. The experts of Statistics Lithuania were actively participating in technical assistance projects carried out by other countries’ statistical offices and various foreign companies.

In 2018, the twinning project “Modernisation of Statistics Tunisia”, guided by Statistics France (INSEE) and Statistics Italy (ISTAT), was completed. Statistics Lithuania participated in the project as a partner. During the project (2016–2018), two experts of Statistics Lithuania visited Tunisia two times to provide consultations regarding the certification of the statistical system according to the ISO standard; one visit of the colleagues from Tunisia was hosted at Statistics Lithuania.

In 2018, Statistics Lithuania, in cooperation with Statistics Denmark, implemented GIZ and EU project “Statistics on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Armenia”. After assessment of the situation in Armenia, the specialists of Statistics Lithuania prepared a plan for implementation of the project and participated in several measures by providing assistance in improving statistics on small and medium-sized enterprises.

In 2018, in cooperation with partners and under the guidance of DevStat (Spain), the twinning project of the World Bank “Implementation of the National Strategy in Statistics” carried out in Tajikistan was completed. The experts of Statistics Lithuania provided consultations to the colleagues from Tajikistan regarding use of SDMX and calculation of industrial production index. The specialists from Tajikistan visited Statistics Lithuania to get acquainted with SDMX launching and to consult regarding statistical data quality in publications and on website.

In 2018, together with Expertise France, the EU project “Assistance for ENP-East Countries in Implementing EU Standards” (the Eastern Partnership Platform 2 (Statistics)) was completed. A technical workshop on standard of living statistics for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia was organised in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 6–7 March 2018.

In 2018, after winning a similar project for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), together with GOPA Consultants (Germany), a technical workshop on foreign trade statistics was organised on 10–11 December 2018 in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). On 4–5 December, a representative of Statistics Lithuania participated in the expert working group meeting for the EECCA countries on use of administrative sources in statistics held in Minsk (Belarus).

Statistics Lithuania, as a partner, together with statistical offices of France, Italy, Denmark, Hungary and Turkey, participates in the implementation of the MEDSTAT IV project guided by Expertise France. On 19–21 June 2018, training on strategic planning and management of statistical programmes for the ENP-South countries was organised at Statistics Lithuania. The representatives of the national statistical institutes of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon and Israel participated in the training. Strategic planning and management of statistical programmes and official statistics processes were discussed during the training. Methods of setting priorities, applying innovation and assessing the user needs in the field of statistics were presented to the participants.

On 23–25 October 2018, Statistics Lithuania participated in a high-level seminar for the Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries on modernization of statistics “Challenges and Opportunities of Official Statistics” organized by Eurostat and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Kiev (Ukraine).

Within the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Programme 2015, in 2018, assistance regarding sampling methods was provided to the State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia.

In 2018, under the guidance of the ICON-Institute (Germany), together with statistical offices of Germany, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, a new EU project on the assistance to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan in implementation of the EU standards was launched. A short-term statistics expert of Statistics Lithuania (as the main expert) and three short-term experts (for quality, business register, classification) participate in the project.

In 2018, together with foreign partners, Statistics Lithuania, as a consortium partner, continued submitting applications for the participation in newly announced tenders for the projects on technical assistance for various countries.

In 2018, together with foreign partners, the following tenders were won:

  • “Assistance for ENP-East and Central Asia countries in implementing the EU standards”, guided by GOPA Consultants (Germany);
  • The EU regional project for ENP-East countries, guided by Expertise France;
  • The World Bank projects in Armenia, guided by GOPA Consultants.

The results regarding the twining project of Statistics Denmark in Georgia (in case of wining, experts of Statistics Lithuania will be among the participants) and the EU project in Moldova are awaited.

Document updated: 2019-01-28