The first issue of the newly launched international newsletter of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is now available in English, French and German versions.
The first issue gives a more in-depth view of the topic “Capacity development in official statistics” including two articles written by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Partnership in statistics for development in the 21th century (PARIS21). Furthermore different activities on the international parquet related to FSO are presented.
Federal Act on the Business Identification Number (BINA)
The FSO accredited to issue legal entity identifiers (LEI) in Switzerland
As of today the FSO has official accreditation to allocate legal entity identifiers (LEI) to Swiss businesses and funds that request one. The LEI contributes to risk prevention in the financial sector and encourages stability by enabling the authorities and interested parties to reliably identify contractual partners.
The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), a supranational institution set up by the G20 after the financial markets crisis in 2008, has accredited the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) as a local operating unit (LOU).
Following changes to the Federal Act on the Business Identification Number (BINA) in June, which allowed it to issue LEIs in Switzerland, the FSO has received the official accreditation. This accreditation is the culmination of a process in which the GLEIF assesses the suitability of organisations wishing to operate at a global level in the Global LEI System as an LEI issuer and holder of LEI reference data.
At its sitting of 1 December 2017, the Federal Council read and approved the assessment report of the new population census system. From a comprehensive census conducted every 10 years, the federal census became an annual event in 2010. It is now based on data from administration registers and sample surveys. The assessment of this new system shows that the mandate has been successfully fulfilled and that its main users are entirely satisfied.
The assessment reveals a high level of satisfaction with the new census system. The burden on the population interviewed and on communes has been considerably reduced in comparison with the previous system. Thanks to the use of administration registers for statistical purposes, now only a minute proportion of the population is interviewed each year.
Swiss Days of Official Statistics 2017 - "Ready for the future? Official statistics rises to the challenge"
On 20 and 21 November 2017 it will be time once again for the annual session of the Swiss statistics scene: the Swiss Days of Official Statistics. This year the event will be held in the former Carthusian monastery, Ittingen Charterhouse, in the canton of Thurgau. The stimulating programme includes workshops, presentations and discussion groups around the theme “Ready for the future? Official statistics rises to the challenge.”
Central to this year’s edition will be discussions about changes taking place in the world of statistics both today and in the future. What are the opportunities and risks of ever increasing digitisation? What are the possibilities and dangers arising from new ways of collecting and connecting data (big data)? How can official statistics keep up with the rapidly changing needs of subscribers to statistical findings?
Representatives from the media are very welcome. The two-day event is a perfect opportunity to gather information about official statistics in Switzerland and to speak with specialists on a wide range of subjects.