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Agenda item 1. The implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics. UNECE special session on National Accounts for economies in transition Geneva, Switzerland 26 April 2010 Herman Smith UNSD. Outline of presentation. Introduction

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Agenda item 1

The implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics

UNECE special session on National Accounts

for economies in transition

Geneva, Switzerland

26 April 2010

Herman Smith



Outline of presentation

  • Introduction
  • Objective and elements of the implementation programme
  • Global initiatives by the ISWGNA
  • Regional initiatives
  • Links to other global statistical initiatives


  • The Implementation Programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics represents a global statistical initiative.
  • UNSC in Feb 2010 supported the implementation programme and encouraged countries to develop their own programmes of implementation

Objective of the Global Statistical Initiative

To assist countries in developing the statistical and institutional capacity to:

(a) Make the conceptual change over from the 1993 SNA to the 2008 SNA

(b) Improve the scope, detail and quality of the national accounts and supporting economic statistics.


Principles of the global initiative

The efficiency and sustainability of the initiative rest on the agreed principles of the implementation strategy:

(a) strategic planning

(b) coordination, monitoring and reporting

(c) improving statistical systems


Strategic planning

Strategic planning is a key principle in mobilizing political and financial support for investment in statistics to connect national development objectives with a programme of work for statistical capacity-building.

  • Identify the current strengths and weaknesses of statistical capacity
  • Lay out a schedule of tasks to mitigate weaknesses

Coordination, monitoring and reporting

The principle of coordination, monitoring and reporting ensures that international and regional organizations, other donors and recipient countries have clear roles and that their actions are complementary and effective.


Improving statistical systems

The principle of improving statistical systems is undertaken through the strengthening of the national statistical system covering each of the building blocks of the statistical production process.

  • providing training and technical cooperation
  • preparing manuals and handbooks
  • sponsoring research.

Elements to operationalise the initiative

(a) Use of National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) as the strategic planning framework

(b) The programme information structure built around the statistical production process, scope and compliance for the national accounts and supporting economic statistics

(c) The modalities of statistical capacity building through training and technical cooperation, publication of manuals and handbooks, research and advocacy

(d) The stages of implementation leading to the change over to the 2008 SNA.


NSDS asStrategic planning framework

  • NSDS is the most widely used tool for statistical planning in developing countries.
  • The members of the ISWGNA will work via PARIS21 to further develop the guidelines for the elaboration of NSDSs.
  • The regional commissionsshould coordinate this review of the NSDS for the implementation needs of the 2008 SNA.

The programme information structure

To facilitate the coordination, monitoring and reporting on the SNA implementation in the multi-stakeholder environment.

  • Frameworks
      • Minimum Required Data Set (MRDS) based on UN-NAQ
      • IMF GDDS and SDDS
  • Report on the
      • statistical process
      • data quality

The modalities of statistical capacity building

  • Training and technical cooperation
  • Manuals and handbooks
  • Research
  • Advocacy

Training and technical cooperation

  • Develop standardised training material
  • Mobilize the existing regional knowledge and training network
  • Develop knowledge base of training material

Manuals and handbooks

  • To provide methodological support in the implementation of the 2008 SNA for countries at different stages of development or milestones.
  • The 2008 SNA website has been extended to include a web-based knowledge base on methods and country practices on the implementation of the 2008 SNA.

Research and advocacy


  • Research has already been initiated for the treatment of permits and aspects of globalization.
  • Other topical areas have been identified and will be progressively undertaken in support of the implementation of the new concepts of the 2008 SNA.


  • Advocacy to support an ongoing dialogue among statistical producers and users has been recognized as a critical element in the promotion of the statistical capacity building.

Implementation stages

  • Three stages
    • Review
    • Adaption
    • Application
  • Each country will determine the duration of the various stages. However, it is expected that from 2014 onwards, many Member States will change over to the 2008 SNA
  • The ISWGNA and its partners will identify common criteria of achievement for each stage of implementation.

Stage I - Review

  • Review of strategic framework and detailing of national and regional implementation programmes
    • diagnosis of current situation together with national and international stakeholders (to ensure user and socio-economic policy perspective
    • strategic vision for national accounts and supporting statistics shared among stakeholders
    • implementation plan based on agreed priorities with a minimum set of core indicators
    • coordination and monitoring mechanisms in tracking the progress of the implementation programme
    • NSSD is the general framework for phase 1
    • information system for coordination and monitoring

Stage II - Adaption

  • Stage II. Adaptation of classification frameworks, business registers and frames, surveys, administrative data sources and information technology infrastructure;

Stage III - Application

  • Stage III. Application of adapted frameworks and source data, backcasting and changeover to 2008 SNA.

Global initiatives by the ISWGNA

  • Workshops and training courses
  • Finalizing handbooks, such as measuring capital and intellectual property products
  • Attention to coordination between ISWGNA members providing TA and training
  • Developing standardized training material on the 2008 SNA and related topics
  • Research
      • New proposals to ISWGNA – FISIM
      • Advisory expert group

Regional initiatives

  • The important role of regional commissions in the implementation of 2008
  • The Regional Commissions have established advisory groups on national accounts to advise them in formulating regional implementation programmes for the 2008 SNA and the supporting statistics.

Linksto other global statistical initiatives

The ISWGNA in collaboration with regional commissions will actively pursue and foster appropriate cooperation with

  • The 2011 round of the ICP Programme
  • The global strategy for agricultural and rural statistics led by FAO
  • The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the Twenty-first Century (PARIS 21).

Linksto other global statistical initiatives

  • ICP Programme: It will be investigated whether participating countries could align the sequencing of activities of the ICP programme with the global programme on the 2008 SNA implementation.
  • Global Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Statistics: Agriculture and rural statistics are an essential body of statistics for national accounts and supporting economic statistics.
  • Paris 21: The Partnership has an important role in promoting the use of better statistics through assistance to countries in the design, implementation and monitoring of national strategies for the development of statistics, in preparing advocacy tool kits and in encouraging donor collaboration in statistical support programmes.