The 11th Meeting of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was held in New York, at the United Nations Headquarters, on February 25, 2008. The Director of the United Nations Statistics Division and Co-chair of the committee, Mr. Paul Cheung, welcomed the participants. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Pieter Everaers, Director of Agriculture and Environment Statistics, Statistical Cooperation of Eurostat and also Co-chair of the Committee.
Firstly, the four task teams which were established during the 8th session in 2006, presented their reports about their tasks of “Reporting mechanisms on statistical capacity building activities”, “Capacity building through regional training initiatives for national statisticians”, “Review of modalities for coordination of technical cooperation programmes at the sub-regional level” and “Assessment of the effectiveness of capacity building activities in Africa”. Secondly, the Committee discussed the draft of the revised Terms of Reference of CCSA prepared by the two co-chairs and the secretariat. Finally, there was the discussion on the latest developments in the implementation of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX).
The African Development Bank confirmed its offer to host the 12th Session of the CCSA at its headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia, on September 11-12, 2008. The Director General of SESRIC, Dr. Savas Alpay represented the Centre at this meeting.