RAMALLAH, September 2, 2013 (WAFA) – The President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Ola Awad, has been elected as president-elect of the International Association of Official Statistics for the years 2013-2015 and president of IAOS for the years 2015-2017, a statement published by the PCBS said Monday.
This decision was announced during the executive committee meeting of the International Association for Official Statistics held in Hong Kong the last week of August.
This is the first time an Arab head of statistical bureau has been elected as president of the IAOS since its establishment in 1985.
Awad indicated that the IAOS “is aiming at promoting understanding and developing official statistics in an efficient and effective way through international communications between individuals and organizations, including users of official statistics, as well as research institutes.”
She stressed that her presence as the first Arab leader of the IAOS, is an opportunity to strengthen and activate the participation of Arab countries in such organizations for the development of official statistics in the Arab region, especially in light of prevailing unstable situation in our region.
IAOS is an international non-governmental organization that was established in 1985, which is an auxiliary specialized division of the International Institute of Statistics (ISI) and managed by an elected executive committee for a term of two years. It includes many specialists in the field of official statistics, as well as many producers and users of official statistics in various countries.