Lao Statistics Aims for International Standards by 2020


On June 29th, a seminar on scientific statistics was held at the Center for International Cooperation and Training and under the theme, “enhancing production unity and political statistics publication”.

The Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB), under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, has successfully created a strategic development plan of sustainable national statistics for 2016-25 and its vision for 2030, along with the completion of the amended law on Statistics approved by the National Assembly (NA) last month.

The national statistics system will be modified and implemented in accordance with international standards by 2020, and is regarded as a measure for achieving socio-economic development, industrialization and modernization.

This system is considered another step towards integrating with international standards and will be an index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG Index).

During the meeting, General Director of the National Statistics Department and Head of the LSB, Mr Samaichanh Boupha, stated that the purpose of the seminar was to highlight the significance of statistical analysis and to educate on scientific statistics and knowledge exchange that can apply to all sectors, ministries and localities.

He added, “It is a preliminary idea to encourage and promote those interested in statistics science and those people are usually using the information of the official statistics.”

The two-day gathering included a seminar that released new methods of statistical work, particularly presenting the topic on statistical science in a semi-academic manner to statisticians, and an exhibition of the statistics work where various statistics departments and divisions of each province had brought their pieces of work to display on the occasion to celebrate National Statistics Day.

At the seminar event, representatives of line ministries, departments and various international development partners, and donors  were invited to hear about the progress of the implementation of statistics affairs in Laos.