In accordance with the Programme for Statistical Surveys 2008-2012, the State Statistical Office conducted all statistical surveys as planned. In 2011, the State Statistical Office also adopted the Strategic Plan 2012-2014, defining the goals and activities of priority for the institution in the next three-year period.
In 2011, the State Statistical Office coordinated the activities for including the country in the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) of the International Monetary Fund. This standard is recommended to countries that seek access to international capital markets in the dissemination of economic and financial data to the public, in accordance with IMF’s principles of comparability and timeliness. On 21 November 2011, the Republic of Macedonia became part of the Special Data Dissemination Standard of the International Monetary Fund.
The process of harmonisation of Macedonian statistics with EU standards continued in 2011 too. The SSO implemented the recommendations of the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), as well as the recommendations of the European Commission’s Light Peer Review of the progress in the implementation of the Code of Practice.
As part of this process, the State Statistical Office introduced several novelties in its work and established new surveys. For example, in social statistics, a new method of interviewing via computer was introduced: computer - assisted telephone interviewing and computer - assisted personal interviewing; data were published on economic accounts for agriculture at constant prices for the period 2006-2009, and two surveys were conducted – Structure of Earnings Survey and Continuing Vocational Training Survey.
The Report on the work of the State Statistical Office has been prepared with the aim to inform the collaborators in the country and abroad, the statistical data users, analysts, researchers, reporting units and other stakeholders about the work and the results of the SSO.
We hope that this report, with its concept and content, meets its objective by giving a complete picture of the working and activities of the institution aimed at continuous development of the statistical system of the Republic of Macedonia.