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News from the ISI Executive Committee


The ISI Executive Committee met on 12th and 13th of December 2011 at the ISI Permanent Office in The Hague for its final discussions of the year. Many matters were discussed for the 2012 year, including with a representative from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department in preparation for the ISI Hong Kong WSC in 2013. The main points that were discussed are included in this summary.


  • World Bank Fund for the ISI & Associations: The ISI is already preparing an application for the next World Bank Fund contract since the current one ends on 31st of March 2013. The new contract is envisaged to help support participants from developing countries to attend the ISI Hong Kong WSC, the Short Courses that take place prior to the WSC, and various Associations’ Conferences.


  • International Year of Statistics 2013: The Steering Committee of this initiative is discussing a draft plan on coordinating the activities that are planned for 2013.


  • Strategic Plan 2011-2015: The EC spoke of implementing the main focus areas of the Strategic Plan. Enlarging the membership base and a strategy to achieve this was well examined.


  • New ISI Statutes & By-Laws: The ISI Statutes and By-Laws that were approved by the ISI General Assembly during its meeting at the ISI Dublin WSC legally went into effect through a notarial deed on 29th of November 2011. A lot of work went into the legalisation of the new Statutes and By-Laws as they also had to be translated and accepted in the Dutch language.


  • ISI Regular Membership: The new form of ISI membership for which one does not need to stand for election was launched in December. The ISI PO has started receiving a number of applications for this ISI Regular membership. For more information on how to apply, please see this form.


  • Stat: This is the name chosen for the new peer-review electronic journal that is in the process of being launched by the ISI. The Editor is former ISI Vice-President Mr. Nick Fisher.


  • ISI Website Project Phase II: The second phase of the ISI Website Project, which includes an advanced membership log in area, has the support of the EC. The project has just started at the beginning of 2012.


  • ISI Hong Kong WSC: Ms. Agnes Lo, Executive Secretary of the Hong Kong WSC Local Organising Committee, met with the EC to discuss the preparations. Items discussed were the venue, social programme, media activity, registration fees, online abstract submission system, and proceedings among other points. The next EC Meeting will take place at the end of March in Hong Kong with some members of the Scientific Programme Committee joining to focus on the scientific programme of the WSC.

  • ISI Council Meeting and ISI General Assembly 2012: The EC will meet along with the ISI Council in Rome, Italy, on 17th-18th of July. The ISI General Assembly Meeting will therefore officially take place at this meeting. A draft agenda will be made available to ISI members approximately one month in advance of this meeting. The EC will also meet on the 16th and 19th of July.


  • Statistical Capacity Building Programmes: The ISI EC and PO are working towards a few ongoing projects under the realm of statistical capacity building. The programmes are: statistical capacity building in Africa, mentoring programme for PhD and Masters students, and the ISI high level leadership workshops for directors-general of national statistical offices. More will become available on each of these programmes in the coming months. Please keep an eye on future news items.


  • Professional Ethics: In the course of 2011, the EC’s attention has been brought to the Argentine and Greek cases currently in the media. The EC has followed up on both cases and letters have already been published on the ISI website in previous news items.


For members who have questions or would like more information relating to the aforementioned matters, please contact the ISI Permanent Office.