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Committee on Statistics (CSTAT)
Ms. Jil Matheson   
(United Kingdom)
Bureau Members:   
Mr. Wayne SMITH   
(Czech Republic)
Mr. Dieter SARREITHER   
Mr. Hyungsoo PARK   
Open to all Member countries 
Russian Federation   
South Africa   
Observers (International Organisations):   
International Monetary Fund (IMF)   
UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)   
UN Statistics Division (UNSD)   
World Bank   
Date of creation:
22nd April 2004
31st December 2013

Mandate:      Resolution of the Council establishing a committee on statistics [C(2003)217 and C(2003)217/CORR1] approved at its 1077th session on 12 February 2004 [C/M(2004)3, Item 40]

-   Resolution of the Council on the Proposed Renewal of the Mandate of the Statistics Committee [C(2008)126/REV1] approved at its 1182nd session held on 16 October 2008 [C/M(2008)18, item 245].



Resolution of the Council [C(2008)126/REV1 and C/M(2008)18, item 245]




   Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14th December 1960 , and, in particular, articles 1, 3, 5a) and 9 thereof;

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation and in particular Rule 18 a) iii);

   Having regard to the Financial Rules of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Council’s conclusions of 25 July 2002 on the Structures of Committees and Multidisciplinarity: Recommendations [C/M(2002)17];

   Having regard to the recommendation contained in document C(2003)176, Implementation of the Nicholson Report Recommendations to convert the Meeting of Chief Statisticians into a Committee on Statistics;

   Having regard to document C(2003)217 and its CORR1 on the Establishment of an OECD Committee on Statistics;

   Having regard to document C(2008)126/REV1 on the renewal of the mandate of the Committee on Statistics;

   Recognising that the creation of a Committee on Statistics would reinforce the overall coherence of OECD activities in this field;

   Noting that, in this respect, a Committee on Statistics would be a key instrument to improve the overall quality of OECD statistics, reinforcing the co-operation both among countries, and between them and the Secretariat; to reinforce the role of the OECD in influencing the development of reliable and comparable statistics, both at national and international levels and to improve the dialogue between policy makers, analysts and data providers;

   On the proposal of the Secretary General;


Article 1

   The Committee shall oversee the broad range of statistics and statistical policy issues relevant to the Organisation.

In carrying out its responsibilities it shall:

1.be responsible to Council for the statistical policy of the OECD, both within the Organisation and vis-à-vis the rest of the world;

2.ensure that OECD statistics are produced according to high quality standards;

3.oversee the Programme of Work and Budget of the Statistics Directorate;

4.give advice to other OECD committees and to OECD Directorates about their plans, highlighting gaps and challenges, and contributing to the development of an effective and well co-ordinated OECD Statistical Work Programme;

5.officially approve methodological recommendations elaborated on specific subjects, co-operating with other committees in charge of policy issues related to the latter, and promote their implementation;

6.approve common standards for data and metadata exchange between the OECD and national data providers;

7.take appropriate action on any other topics submitted by the OECD Chief Statistician and relevant for conducting his/her tasks.

Article 2

   The Committee shall maintain a close working relationship with other relevant bodies of the Organisation, seeking to ensure that statistics within the OECD are dealt with in a well-coordinated and horizontal manner.

   The Committee shall maintain, as appropriate, and in conformity with the OECD rules, relations with other international organisations, seeking to achieve co-ordinated and complementary work programmes in areas of shared interest and mutual benefit.

Article 3

The mandate shall expire on 31 December 2013, unless the Council decides otherwise.

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