Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Foster Collaboration on Statistical Data Exchange

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Top officials from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain met during the 9th International Conference for Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange in Manama to strengthen their partnership in developing methodologies for crucial indicators, particularly related to family income and expenditure surveys. The aim of these discussions was to promote economic growth and enhance bilateral relations.

Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Dossari, President of the General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia, held talks with Mohammed bin Ali Al-Qaed, CEO of Bahrain’s Information and eGovernment Authority, during this global conference.

The event, organized by Bahrain’s Information and e-Government Authority, brought together the international data community to share insights and updates on the latest developments in the field. Al-Dossari, leading a Saudi statistical delegation, acknowledged Bahrain’s pivotal role in hosting the Middle East’s inaugural event.

The discussions between Al-Dossari and Al-Qaed revolved around strategies to strengthen sector collaboration and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation.

Co-organized with the support of ESCWA and Banca d’Italia, the 2023 event attracted a diverse group of official statistics compilers and users from national, regional, and international agencies, academia, and the private sector.

With the central theme of “Empowering Data Communities,” the conference focused on leveraging SDMX tools and technologies to enhance collaboration and facilitate knowledge sharing. This event marked the first in-person gathering since 2019.

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