From November 7-11, 2022, the delegation of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO) led by the Director General of the GSO Nguyen Thi Huong visited and worked with the Korea Statistical Office (KOSTAT), combining exchanges on statistical training and some other fields within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two agencies.

In the first two working days (November 7th and 8th, 2022) in Korea, the GSO delegation listened to the Korean Statistical Office (KOSTAT) presenting on the following issues: Training at KOSTAT; Application of remote sensing technology in agricultural statistics; Application of information technology in directing and operating at KOSTAT. At the same time, the GSO delegation also presented 03 contents: Training; Management, and exploitation of administrative data and new data sources in the production of official statistics; Application of information technology in the direction and management of GSO in Vietnam.

The delegation visited the traditional room of KOSTAT, the National Information Agency, and discussed with KOSTAT about bilateral cooperation and future orientation.

In the following working days (November 9-10, 2022), the General Director of GSO Nguyen Thi Huong, and members of the delegation attended the reception ceremony by the Head of KOSTAT; studied statistics at the Seoul Statistical Office (under the Gyeongin Regional Statistical Office) and went on a field trip in Seoul.

Speaking at the reception ceremony, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Huong said that this is an important business trip and her first business trip to KOSTAT as the General Director of the GSO. She emphasized that, within the framework of the cooperation relationship between the two countries, the cooperation relationship between GSO and KOSTAT is increasing more and more. Since 2002, GSO has established a bilateral cooperation relationship with KOSTAT with the aim of sharing experience and improving statistical capacity. The year 2022 is the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the two agencies.

In 2012-2013, the Korean Government supported the GSO through KOSTAT with the project “Support the General Statistics Office to improve the quality of official statistics, develop a national statistical database system and train staff”.

The project has been effective, and many GSO civil servants have participated in training courses with the teaching of experienced statisticians of KOSTAT. It helps the GSO has developed a training strategy for civil servants and public employees in the whole statistics sector.

Next, in the years 2020 and 2021, despite the complicated situations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the international cooperation team between the two agencies still cooperated very closely to develop and submit the project “Support the General Statistics Office to improve the quality of official statistics, develop a national statistical database system and train staff” funded by KOSTAT with 3 components: (1) Improving data quality official statistics; (2) Building a national statistical database; (3) Staff training. The project also supported the GSO with 25 sets of computers to help improve the information technology infrastructure capacity of the General Department.

The support of KOSTAT in recent years has contributed to improving the quality of statistical information, the quality of statisticians, and the dissemination of statistical information of the GSO.

Director General Nguyen Thi Huong said that in 2021, the Prime Minister of Vietnam approved the Strategy for Statistical Development of Vietnam from 2021 to 2030, with a vision of 2045. The strategy sets out many specific objectives, including several goals such as focusing on exploiting and using administrative data, striving to reach 50% by 2025 and 70% by 2030 of statistical indicators belonging to indicator systems statistics compiled from administrative sources; The Statistical Performance Index and the Open Data Index belong to the group of countries ranked as good by 2030; To step up technical assistance to countries in the region, especially the ASEAN region. The Director General believes that KOSTAT’s support will contribute to helping the GSO achieve the goals set out in the  Strategy for Statistical Development of Vietnam. With the spirit of cooperation and responsibility of the parties, GSO and KOSTAT will continue to closely coordinate, allocate resources and create all favorable conditions to maintain a good bilateral cooperation relationship between the two agencies.

Some pictures from the business trip:


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