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Statistical cooperation among V4 countries continues

In the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Cooperation, the Presidents of the Hungarian, Czech, Polish and Slovak National Statistical Offices met in Bratislava on 29 November 2022. The chief statisticians discussed the main statistical challenges in the region, briefly presented the first national results and experiences of the recently completed census. On the agenda was an update of the work programme for cooperation, in which it was agreed to organise expert-level discussions in the field of consumer price statistics and geostatistics. European and international events will provide an additional opportunity for regular consultations at presidential level between the V4 countries.

Study visit of Latvian statisticians to the HCSO

On 11-12 September 2019, staff members from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia made a study visit to the HCSO on the methodological modernization of agricultural statistics.
During their stay, they received an overview of the domestic agricultural statistical data collection, the methodology for calculating the soil nutrient balance and its harmonization with the greenhouse gas inventory.
Ágnes Patay, Péter Tóth and Katalin Lovas of the Hungarian Meteorological Service gave lectures during the programme. Our colleagues gained insight into the Latvian Office's agricultural data collection.
The event was a success for both parties.

The 62nd ISI Conference

The 62nd conference of the International Statistical Institute was held in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on 19-23 August 2019. The International Statistical Institute's biennial global event is the largest scientific forum in the international statistical society. The conference was attended by our President, Dr. Gabriella Vukovich, as a member of the ISI Council and the newly elected Vice President of ISI for the period 2019-2021. Dr. Gabriella Vukovich was formally inaugurated as vice-president by the ISI General Assembly on 22 August 2019 with effect from 23 August 2019 and this was announced at the congress.
As the keynote speaker in the section called ‘Private Public Partnerships to Improve Capacity to Measure SDGs’, our President highlighted the potential of public-private partnerships and emphasized that this kind of collaboration is essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. The participants also agreed with the idea that the most important and urgent capacity building was the development of users' statistical knowledge. The President of the HCSO, in her keynote address at the section meeting on "Official Statistics: Challenges and Opportunities in the NSOs and Central Banks", emphasized ‘the need for change and flexible adaptation to a constantly changing environment’. The same subject was discussed from a different perspective in a lunchtime seminar, also organized and chaired by Ms President. Those present asked whether the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics could be matched with threats to official statistics such as lack of resources and new priorities, or how they should be updated, or how official statistics can respond to changing user needs and quality, accuracy, and privacy issues raised by new types of data producers.
This year's congress was also of outstanding importance to the HCSO as five of our colleagues were able to present Hungarian experiences and developments in their field, contributing to the answers to current questions in official statistics.
Ferenc Mújdricza (Methodology Department) Experiences with the theme coding method of cognitive questionnaire testing at Hungarian Central Statistical Office
Ágnes Patay (Sectoral Statistics Department) New ways to increase motivation of respondents in Hungary
Mária Pécs (Methodology Department) Plutus – A new tool to standardise the metadata of seasonal adjustment
Kazimir Ildikó Ritzlné (National Accounts Department) Handling technological changes by time varying coefficient model analysis in flash estimate of gross value added in information and communication industry
András Wéber (Population Census and Demographic Statistics Department) Premature cancer morbidity and mortality conditions through the epidemiological transitions - The case of Hungary, Austria and Denmark

More information about the conference can be found here: https://www.isi2019.org/

Korean study trip

On July 10-11, a delegation of eight guests from South Korea made a study visit to our office. The delegation consisted of senior staff members from the South Korean Bureau of Statistics (Statistics Korea) and Chuncheon and Suwon regional government offices, as well as from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
During the two half-day visits, our Far Eastern guests listened to lectures on Hungarian and European statistical systems, our international relations, the methodologies and architectural frameworks supporting the statistical data production process of HCSO, the quality management of HCSO as well as on key user groups and new solutions to meet their needs and about our user services.
Csaba Ábry, Norbert Bakos, Edina Mátyás-Bodovics, Dr. Eszter Nagy, Andrea Ordaz-Németh, Andrea Petres, Zoltán Vereczkei and Judit Zeisler gave lectures.
The visit with Hungarian-Korean / English-Korean interpretation was very successful, our guests were interested, asked a lot of questions from our experts, the lectures were always followed by an active conversation.

International Large Cases Unit training at HCSO

At the initiative of the Large Cases Unit Section, our Office hosted a 2-member delegation of Statistics Sweden from 4 to 7 June 2019, who, with the support of grant funding, provided personalized training on how to analyse data of multinational companies.
During this, the Swedish colleagues were given an overview of the views of the department staff and the opinions and expectations of the most affected peer departments and the data collection area. With the information received, they made useful suggestions on how to work more effectively with the largest multinational companies.
The event was a success for both parties.

Study visit of Armenian statisticians to the HCSO

From 27 to 29 May 2019, our office hosted 4 Armenian colleagues at the request of the GOPA consulting firm to share experiences in the topic ‘Agricultural Register and Census’.
During the 3-day study visit, our Armenian colleagues got an overview of the current and planned methodology of agricultural statistics.
The presentations paid particular attention to legal requirements, methodological developments, validation and imputation procedures related to farm structure censuses as well as to the role of the agricultural register in the censuses.
During the visit, our colleagues also gained an insight into the practices and development goals of the Armenian Office.
During the international expert meeting Gábor Valkó, Ágnes Patay, Péter Tóth, Egon Stoll Márk gave professional lectures.
The event was a success for both parties.

HLG-PCCB Conference

Our President, Dr. Gabriella Vukovich, attended the 14th session of the UN High Level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building in Ulaanbaatar on 22-25 May 2019. Dr. Gabriella Vukovich is co-president of the group.
One of the main objectives of the event was to continue the dialogue that deals with the quantitative and qualitative financing of such data collections in support of sustainable development objectives, which serve to reduce data gaps and develop mechanisms to strengthen global coordination of statistical capacity development. Another important topic was the preparation of the third UN World Data Forum to be held next October.

14th workshop on LFS Methodology

On 16-17 May 2019, HCSO hosted the annual international methodological meeting of the Labour Force Survey, which focused on data collection. During the workshops, participants discussed methodological issues in the Labour Force Survey that could not be addressed at the Eurostat professional meetings due to lack of time. The primary purpose of the meeting was to exchange views, learn from each other and look for ‘good practices’. Nearly 80 researchers and experts from 36 European countries participated in the workshop. Of our colleagues, Judit Dobszayné Hennel, Ferenc Mújdricza, Éva Németh-Kovács gave successful professional lectures.
Lectures and professional materials can be found on the event's website: https://www.ksh.hu/lfs2019