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The ISI and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce funding opportunities for developing country participants to attend the next ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) in Hong Kong S.A.R. China, from 25th -30th of August 2013. This was successfully organised for the ISI Lisboa WSC in 2007, the ISI Durban WSC in 2009 and the ISI Dublin WSC in 2011. The World Bank Fund (WBF) is for developing country residents who aim to actively participate in the scientific programme of the ISI Hong Kong WSC.

The objective of the WBF is to improve the capacity of statistical officers and academics in developing countries providing them with statistical knowledge to develop statistical systems through the participation in international conferences and workshops.

Selection of eligible candidates is done by an international jury. The quality of the candidate’s paper is one of the main selection criteria. Speakers in invited, special topics, contributed, and poster sessions will be considered for this funding. If you are not already a speaker in an invited or special topics session and your paper is selected for WB funding, it will be placed in a contributed or poster session in the scientific programme. Candidates who have not received funding from the WBF in the past shall have priority.