|Opening remarks delivered by SDWG Chairman, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa during the SDWG special virtual meeting.|
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) spearheaded a special virtual meeting of the Statistics and Database Working Group (SDWG) of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) last 10 August 2020 at 09:00AM PST via videoconference.
The videoconference was attended by distinguished heads of delegations from the BIMP-EAGA members: Mr. Bahrum bin Haji Kadun of Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (Brunei Darussalam), Mr. Agus Setiawan of the Statistics Indonesia, Ms. Wan Siti Zaleha binti Wan Zakaria of the Department of Statistics Malaysia, Ms Susanna Chew of the BIMP-Facilitation Center, Mr. Jason Rush and Ms. Pamela Layugan of the Asian Development Bank, and select officials of PSA.
The virtual meeting covered the following agenda items: a) Summit and Ministerial Meeting Directives and Moving Forward, b) Framework, Context, and Meeting Mechanics for pipeline projects, c) PSA’s presentation on the Proposed Indicators for the BIMP-EAGA, and the
d) Statistical Information Brief 2019 and 2020.
Headed by Usec. Dennis S. Mapa, Ph.D., the SDWG convened to strategize and brainstorm activities in the context of the BIMP-EAGA Medium Term Review (MTR) and initiatives moving forward amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Despite the cancellation of the annual face-to-face Strategic Planning Meeting of the BIMP-EAGA, its member countries sustained the cooperation addressing development challenges and issues to strive in accomplishing the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (BEV 2025).
Moving forward, the PSA also prepares for the 7th Session of the Committee on Statistics, 6th International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics that will transpire by the end of the third quarter of 2020, and the 20th Meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics and the UN World Data Forum in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Through PSA, the Philippines will continue to build strong partnerships with the national, and the subregions of the ASEAN community towards improved quality of world-class data statistics.
The meeting was officially closed by OIC-DNS Maqtahar L. Manulon who serves as the alternate member of the PSA to the BIMP-EAGA SDWG.
-Office of the National Statistician