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ICOS2017: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions in Official Statistics | March 30-31, 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


NEWS: The US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Maureen Cormack will speak at ICOS2017 (Exact date and time TBC)


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Day 1: Morning Session, Thursday, March 30, 2017

08:00 – 09:30

Participant Registration

09:30 – 10:45

Conference opening

Welcome speeches (TBC)

Keynote: Professor Nicholas Bingham, Ph.D., London School of Economics and Imperial College London

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee/tea break

11:00 – 11:45

Data as an ally in policy-making and development planning

Professor Rabija Somun – Kapetanović, Ph.D., School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Statistics in B&H: Profession and Science 

Professor Ksenija Dumičić, Ph.D. , Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Enhancing Statistical Literacy as a Unique Language for a Better World

Eduard JongstraUnited Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), SDG Indicators And Implications For Statistical Offices 

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee/tea/snack break

12:00 – 13:30

Official statistics in the era of Big Data

Professor Ryan Kennedy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Huston, Parables of the Big Data Age

Carsten Zangenberg, Head of Department of Communication, Methodology and Sales, Statistics Denmark, A matter of trust

Giulio Barcaroli, M.Sc, Methods, Quality and Metadata Division Head, Italian National Institute of Statistics, Big data and official statistics

13:30 – 14:30


D1 A1a

Day 1: Afternoon Session 1a, Avenues in Data Analysis and Representation, Methods in Official Statistics

Amphitheater Tondach, 3rd floor 

14:30 – 16:15

Aleša Lotrič – Dolinar, Jože Sambt, Simona Korenjak – Černe, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Advantages of Symbolic Data Analysis Approach in Official Statistics

Darko Marinković, Aleksandra Đonlaga, Republika Srpska Institute of Statistics, Methods of Detecting and Treating Outliers Used in Republika Srpska Institute of Statistics

Adela Delalić, Rabija Somun – Kapetanović, Ksenija Dumičić, Emina Resić, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Methodology and Application of Fuzzy and Alkire - Foster Multidimensional Poverty Indices: Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marija Karašičević, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Coverage Issues in Agricultural Surveys in the Republic of Serbia

Jelena Nikolić, Melinda Tokai, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Detection and Treatment of Outliers in the Monthly Survey on the Turnover in Industry in the Republic of Serbia

D1 A1b

Day 1: Afternoon Session 1b: Modernization in Official Statistics

E-net center, 3rd floor

14:30 – 16:15


Marko Bralić, DataThrills, Rijeka, Comparative Study of Metadata in Official Statistics - What has changed since 1905?   

Ema Mišić, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Modernization of Business Statistics: Challenges and Outcomes of the Slovenian Statistical Office

Arijana Amina Ramić, ICON Institute Private Sector GmbH, Cologne, Possible Approach to Modernize Statistical System of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rudi Seljak, Nejc Jevšnik, Jerneja Pikelj, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Selective Editing – New Approaches at the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

Alper Gücümengil, Turkish Statistical Institute, Monitoring and Evaluation: Development Indicators

Amna Aščić, Željka Skelo, Institute for Statistics of FB&H, Utilization of Balanced Scorecard as a Management Tool in Statistical Institutes

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Day 2: Morning Session, Friday, March 31, 2017

09:00 – 10:30 

Issues in Economic and Financial Statistics

Dr. Rosa Ruggeri – Cannata, Team Leader – MIP Statistics, Statistical Office of the European Union – EUROSTAT, The Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure and scoreboard: statistics for policy making

Faya Hayati, M.Sc,  Economist in Macroeconomic and Fiscal Management Global Practice World Bank Group, The role of statistical benchmarking in development data analysis and policy-making

Deon Tanzer, GFS Advisor, South East Europe, International Monetary Fund, The Development of the Government Finance Statistics in South East Europe

10:30 – 10:45 

Coffee/tea break

10:45 – 11:45

Issues in Administrative and Social Statistics

Dr. Ye Zhang, IMPAQ International, USA, Administrative Data, Low-Cost and Short Duration Evaluation, and Evidence-Based Policymaking: Experience from USAID MEASURE-BiH

Dr. Cesar Cancho, Economist, Poverty and Equity – Europe and Central Asia, World Bank Group, New Directions in Welfare Measurement in the Western Balkans

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee/tea/snack break

D2 A2a

Day 2: Afternoon Session 2a:  Economic and Finance Statistics

Amphitheater Tondach, 3rd floor 

12:00 – 14:00

Irena Žaucer, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Economic Accounts as a Tool of Agricultural Policy

Liza Alili – Sulejmani, Afrim Alili, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, International Balkan University, Skopje, Faculty of Economics, State University of Tetovo, Causal Impact of Public Revenues and Public Expenditures in Republic of Macedonia

Berislav Žmuk, Ksenija Dumičić, Irena Palić, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Forecasting Labour Productivity in the European Union Member States: Is labour productivity changing as expected?

Sanjin Čengić, Institute for Statistics of FB&H, Impact of Small and Medium Enterprises on Gross Domestic Product in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Period 2011-2015

Mira Vujeva, Institute for Statistics of FB&H, Government Finance Statistics in Bosnia and Herzegovina: How far have we come


D2 A2b

Day 2: Afternoon Session 2b: Issues in Social and Welfare Statistics/Quality in Official Statistics

E-net center, 3rd floor

12:00 – 14:00

Part 1: Issues in Social and Welfare Statistics

Amra Fetahović, B&H Directorate for Economic Planning, Gender Inequality and Fertility Rate in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Toni Milun, Josipa Akalović – Antić, Ksenija Dumičić, University College for Applied Computer Engineering “Algebra” Zagreb, University of Applied Sciences Vern Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Regression Analysis of the Effects of Socioeconomic and Demographic Characteristics on Students' Academic Achievement

Adela Delalić, Rabija Somun – Kapetanović, Edin Šabanović, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poverty and Inequality in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Income or Consumption Approach – Does It Matter?

Part 2: Quality in Official Statistics

Radmila Čičković, Aleksandra Zec, Republika Srpska Institute of Statistics, Mechanisms of Quality Assurance and Implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the Republika Srpska Institute of Statistics

Edin Šabanović, Rabija Somun – Kapetanović, Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, About the Quality of the 2013 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Basic Evidence from the Post-Enumeration Survey

Imrlije Alili, Afrim Alili, College BIZNESI, Pristina, Effects of Percipitation and Temperature in Agricultural Production – Case of Republic of Macedonia


14:00 – 15:00



Closing of the Conference

15:15 – 16:45 Sightseeing tour of Sarajevo

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