The 20th assembly of the Govt Committee of the Statistical Convention of the Americas was inaugurated in the present day with a name to strengthen the function of nationwide statistics workplaces as a way to deal with the challenges of COVID-19.
Excessive-level authorities and representatives of nationwide statistics workplaces from Latin American and Caribbean international locations careworn in the present day the significance of manufacturing well timed and dependable statistics for a transformative restoration with equality and referred to as for strengthening the function of nationwide statistical entities to deal with the challenges inflicted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Twentieth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was inaugurated by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Govt Secretary; Juan Daniel Oviedo, Director-Basic of the Nationwide Administrative Division of Statistics (DANE) of Colombia, in his capability as Chair of the SCA-ECLAC; and Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division.
Individuals within the digital assembly, which is able to conclude tomorrow, embody 33 delegations from ECLAC’s Member States and 10 affiliate members, together with regional representatives and representatives of the United Nations System’s businesses, funds and packages, worldwide organizations, academia and civil society.
Through the assembly’s opening ceremony, ECLAC’s Govt Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, acknowledged that the disaster prompted by the pandemic has highlighted the significance of manufacturing well timed and dependable official statistics for monitoring the illness, figuring out teams in conditions of vulnerability and measuring the influence of confinement and social distancing insurance policies on individuals’s dwelling situations, with georeferencing and knowledge disaggregation being key to guiding and focalizing essentially the most pressing and forward-looking actions.
She emphasised significantly related supply of data on this context are the inhabitants and housing censuses of the 2020 spherical, which offer important data on demographic dynamics and the inhabitants’s dwelling situations. In that context, she flagged the postponement of the 2020 spherical of censuses in a number of of the area’s international locations and the discount of their budgets, urging international locations to redouble their efforts to take a position and guarantee their implementation.
In the meantime, Juan Daniel Oviedo, Director of Colombia’s DANE, underlined the function of statistics for consolidating our bodies of data that turn out to be proof and orient citizen-centered public insurance policies across the complicated and progressive idea of well-being.
Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division, highlighted the pioneering work of the Statistical Convention of the Americas in mainstreaming gender statistics, describing it as exemplary of the area’s management and affect within the world statistical neighborhood.
The assembly featured a high-level panel that addressed the statistical challenges of improvement in transition, the place, together with Alicia Bárcena, the audio system included Mario Pezzini, Director of the Growth Centre of the Organisation for Financial Co-operation and Growth (OECD), and Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean within the Directorate-Basic for Worldwide Cooperation and Growth of the European Fee.
In her remarks, Alicia Bárcena emphasised that revenue will not be a very good proxy for improvement, above all for development-in-transition international locations, as a result of it doesn’t mirror the capability to avoid wasting or to entry and mobilize assets for financing improvement.
She added that commencement from Official Growth Help doesn’t guarantee entry to different sources of financing and, quite the opposite, is exclusionary. Moreover, she warned that international locations uncovered to excessive pure phenomena, reminiscent of these within the Caribbean, want solidarity and extra help to handle local weather asymmetries.
The senior United Nations official famous that the idea of improvement in transition renders seen a sequence of traps and structural vulnerabilities in social, environmental, institutional and productivity-related issues.
She highlighted that since 2017, ECLAC, the European Fee and the OECD Growth Centre have promoted a story that serves to reinterpret improvement and strengthen the function of cooperation as a way to depart nobody behind.
“Growth is a steady course of that’s not measured adequately by revenue stage. We’d like multidimensional measurements that will permit us to alter the categorization of low, medium and excessive. All international locations, no matter their revenue stage, face development-related challenges,” ECLAC’s Govt Secretary asserted.
She specified that middle-income international locations characterize 75% of the worldwide inhabitants, 62% of the individuals dwelling in poverty, and round 30% of world mixture demand. In addition they characterize 96% of the general public debt of growing international locations (with out together with China or India).
“That’s the reason if we don’t take into account their debt issues and provides them instruments and alternatives, we could have a systemic disaster, with main repercussions,” she defined.
Alicia Bárcena listed 5 coverage measures proposed by ECLAC to handle the liquidity wants and debt issues of the international locations of Latin America and the Caribbean: increasing and redistributing liquidity from developed international locations to growing international locations; strengthening regional cooperation by growing the lending and response capability of regional, subregional and nationwide monetary establishments, bolstering ties amongst them; finishing up an institutional reform of the multilateral debt structure; increasing the set of progressive devices aimed toward growing debt reimbursement capability and avoiding extreme indebtedness; and incorporating liquidity and debt discount measures right into a financing for improvement technique geared in direction of constructing ahead higher.
As well as, she laid out three concrete proposals for driving a restoration with monetary stability: increasing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to susceptible middle-income international locations reminiscent of these within the Caribbean and Central America; debt aid for the Caribbean; and the creation of a world mechanism for sovereign debt restructurings.
In the meantime, Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Growth Centre, highlighted that ECLAC’s statistical work helps everybody, because of its skill to remodel the worldwide and common statistical agenda by giving it which means and a vital grounding: to advertise a technique for sustainable productive improvement in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Jolita Butkeviciene emphasised that within the present actuality, we have to create constructive narratives that encourage adjustments within the improvement paradigms. She added that the partnership between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean have to be a everlasting supply of constructive narratives, for each areas in addition to globally.
The 20th assembly of the Govt Committee of the Statistical Convention of the Americas continued this afternoon with evaluation of the varied challenges confronted by nationwide statistical techniques within the area referring to the influence of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic restoration.