A Guide to Online Statistics for South-East Asia

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|July 25, 2012|South East Asia|0 comments

Here’s a guide to a number of electronic statistical resources as well as tips on assessing quality of information for South-East Asian studies.

Official web sites from the countries of ASEAN region:

The Department of Statistics for the Prime Minister’s Office of the Brunei Darussalam has collected and compiled national statistics and related information, by conducting statistical census and surveys, and from administrative records maintained by other agencies. Link: http://www.depd.gov.bn/statistic_data.html

The National Institute of Statistics (NIS), which is part of the Ministry of Planning, is the focal point on statistical matters in Cambodia. The NIS compiles and consolidates statistics provided by decentralized offices and also collects primary data through household and establishment surveys and population, agricultural and economic censuses. Many development partners financially and technically assisted NIS since 1993. Link: http://www.nis.gov.kh

Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS) is a Non-Departmental Government Institution directly responsible to the President. BPS’ main activities are undertaken in a regular cycle. The population Census is conducted every ten years, at the years ended with zero. The agricultural census is conducted at the years ended with three. The economic census is conducted at the years ended with six. Link: http://www.bps.go.id

Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) is a center of socio-economic statistics supplying to all organizations of the party, government, various sectors, local and others for doing research for policy, social-economy, setting up socio-economic development plans and analyzing specific issues. Link: http://www.nsc.gov.la

The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DSM) is a premier government agency under the Prime Minister’s Office entrusted with the responsibility to collect, interpret and disseminate latest and real time statistics in the monitoring of national economic performance and social development. Link: http://www.statistics.gov.my

The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) is the provider of official statistics of Myanmar. Llink: http://www.csostat.gov.mm

The National Statistics Office (NSC) is a recognized world-class provider of statistical and civil registration products and services. Link: http://www.census.gov.ph

The Singapore Department of Statistics (SDS) is the National Statistical Authority responsible for statistics on the Singapore economy and population. Link: http://www.singstat.gov.sg

The National Statistical Office (NSO) has provided a comprehensive census sorted by tracks and districts of the provinces. At the moment, it is available in Thai only [Links for English version do not work]. Link: http://www.nso.go.th

Timor-Leste/East Timor
The National Statistics Directorate (Direcção Nacional de Estatística – DNE) is the state department responsible for the co-ordination of the National Statistical System and for the collection, production, analysis and dissemination of official statistics on the demographic, social, environmental and economic domains. Link: http://dne.mof.gov.tl

The General Statistics Office (GSO) is an institution directly under MPI, performing the advisory function to help the MPI Minister in doing the task of state management in the field of statistics; conducting statistical operations and providing socio-economic statistical information to all agencies, organisations and individuals in accordance with the law. Link: http://www.gso.gov.vn

International sources of information, containing data and statistics of the ASEAN region:

  • United Nations Statistical Division provides many useful links. For example click on the Statistical Databases tab and you will see a link on the left hand side of the next page to ‘National Statistics’ which will take you to a database of national statistical agencies. Link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd
  • International Monetary Fund is an organisation of 185 countries that works to foster global growth and economic stability. Click on the Data and Statistics tab to view the wide range of data available. Link: www.imf.org
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development consists of 30 governments and provides a huge amount of economic and social data. Select the Statistics link from the left-hand menu. Like for IMF, some of the more important subscription-based OECD data can be found on ESDS International. Link: www.oecd.org
  • Official Statistics on the Web is a useful starting point for statistical resources on a topic. You can browse by country, topic or subject. Some resources are subscription based (in which case you won’t get access) whilst others are free. Link: www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz
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