Interview with Deputy Governor of the Rostov region Yuri Molodchenko
- Dear Yuri Sergeyevich, in December this year the IInd Open Russian Statistical Congress will take place in Rostov-on-don. It is the first time that a statistical forum of such a scope is held on the river Don. What are the expectations of region's leadership, what meaning will such an event have to the further development of the region and statistical science?
— The meaning of the statistical forum, above all, is explicitly represented by the theme "Statistics - the language of digital civilization". Today we all live in the age of the data revolution, where statistics is the language of data, and in the modern world its task is to meet the challenges of the time. read more
The Russian Public Organization ‘Russian Association of Statisticians’ (RASt) was established at the Moscow Inaugural Congress on April 2, 2014.
RASt was registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 8, 2014 (registration No. 0012011804). The relevant public association state registration information was entered into the Unified State Register of Legal Entities under the main state registration number 1147799012954 on August 13, 2014.
The RASt is a membership-based, voluntary, self-governing, non-profit association of statisticians, other individuals and legal entities (non-profit organizations), established to protect common interests of its members and to pursue its Charter goals.
RASt goals are as follows:-
- To promote the development of statistics and its applications;
- To promote statistical staff training and advanced training;
- To bring to the attention of relevant executive and legislative authorities the issues of statistics, to propose ways and means to address these issues; and
- To foster international cooperation in statistics, to develop ties with statistical communities in foreign countries, to facilitate the integration of Russian statisticians into the global academic and professional community.
Promoting development of statistics and its applications
Our partners in promoting the development of statistics and its applications are the Federal State Statistics Service, the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS and other national and international organizations involved in the development of statistical activities, as well as research and educational institutions, associations, media and corporations. RASt does not seek to substitute activities of the national statistical offices or research and educational institutions. RASt defines its role in developing the national statistics as the support to creative initiatives of Russian and foreign statisticians, innovative statistical projects, to raising awareness and enhancing the perception of statistical activities, the professional understanding and cooperation between statisticians. RASt undertakes the task to organize the Russian Statistics Congress in different regions of Russia annually. The Russian Statistics Congress is expected to become a forum for professional statisticians, both academics and practitioners, from various areas of statistics and to contribute to the implementation of our motto, ‘Statistics for the public.’
Promoting training in statistics
RASt stresses the particular importance of developing and implementing a modern educational standard in statistics, improving the quality of curricula, textbooks and other methodological documents. More broadly, RASt seeks to take an active part in improving the Russian public statistical literacy.
Liaising with authorities on development of statistics
RASt sees its immediate task in preparing the ‘Statistician’ professional standard adequate to the current global trends and international standards. In addition, RASt will participate, in the manner prescribed by the Russian law, in the drafting and discussing publicly of the laws and regulations related to statistical activities and statistical classifications. RASt will participate in the relevant expert groups and bodies and share its opinion in the media.
Fostering international cooperation in statistics
RASt identifies its most important task in strengthening cooperation with statisticians and professional communities of CIS member countries, the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space. RASt also seeks to develop fruitful cooperation with professional statistical communities of other countries, and with international professional organizations, first of all the International Statistical Institute (ISI). RASt is grateful for the support kindly provided by ISI and statistics associations of the USA, Japan, the UK, Poland, ‘Open Data Watch’ public organization, in preparing for and holding of its Inaugural Congress.