The provision of data to support the implementation of the goals of both the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2018-2022 requires a transformation in the official statistical system. This transformation, in turn, requires modernization of the statistical process and procedures, enhancement and modernization of institutional structure, effective use of integrated statistical frameworks and innovation in population and housing census processes for the 2020 cycle. This also requires the development of effective data dissemination tools using sophisticated electronic applications. The modernization process requires partnerships with ministries and government agencies, business sector, universities, research centers and civil society organizations. This modernization process should take into account the Cape Town Global Action Plan (CTGAP) adopted at the United Nations Data Forum in 2017, which sets out a strategic framework for strengthening national statistical capacity-building to support the implementation of the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, while focusing on the use of new data sources such as big data, and at the same time enhancing the traditional sources to provide more and better quality data. The process of modernization also requires integrating the innovation methodology into all areas of formal statistics production processes, while focusing on identifying user needs, including building and providing data and indicator platforms to users in order to monitor the achievement of the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and to use them in the preparation of national reports, such as Qatar’s Voluntary National Review submitted to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held in August 2018.
To this end, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) has prepared a document entitled "Modernization of Official National Statistics to Support Qatar’s Sustainable Development Goals: A Road Map" as a vision to guide the transformation process and reach consensus on key areas of action to be considered. In this context, MDPS will hold the 2nd Workshop on Modernization of Official Statistics to shed light on the priority aspects that should be given due attention in the modernization process in order to promote official statistics in the State. This activity comes within the framework of the transformation of official statistics project to support the Sustainable Development Agenda which is being implemented by Qatar as a lead country in this field, in cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division .