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On Participation of CIS Countries in
the Global Round of International
 Comparison of Gross Domestic
         Product for 2011



                       CIS




           2nd Executive Board Meeting
                February 21, 2010

                    New York
                                                Table of Contents



    1.     As of to-date the CIS-STAT has carried out the following activities: ............................. 3
   2. Timetable of the works on international comparisons of GDP in the CIS region for
2011 in the framework of the Global round of ICP ..................................................................... 5




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     On Participation of CIS Countries in the Global Round of International Comparison of
                             Gross Domestic Product for 2011.

        The countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States actively participate, beginning
with the 90’s, in the comparisons of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and purchasing power
parities ( PPPs ) carried out in the framework of the International Comparisons Program (ICP)
UN.

       Participation of CIS countries in new global round of ICP UN for 2011 was considered at
the 42-nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of Statistical Services of the CIS Countries ( 23 – 24
November of 2009 ).

       The Council recommended to national statistical services of the CIS countries to take part
in ICP UN for 2011 and, after obtaining endorsement from their governments, to inform CIS-
STAT on their participation. Executive Committee of the CIS, which is the highest executive
body of the Commonwealth of Independent States , at the initiative of the CIS-STAT, requested
the governments of the CIS countries to render support to participation of the countries in the
new round of global ICP for 2011.

       The Council of Heads of Statistical Services of the CIS Countries entrusted CIS -STAT to
carry out the functions of a Regional Coordinating Agency in comparisons in the CIS region.
Rosstat will participate as organization –partner to CIS- STAT in conducting comparison of
GDP in the CIS region.

       The following CIS countries will participate in the comparison : Azerbaijan, Armenia,
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine.

        According to the preliminary information, statistical offices of Turkmenistan and
Uzbekistan are prepared to participate but they await the decision by the governments on this
matter.


1.      As of to-date the CIS-STAT has carried out the following activities:

     1. CIS- STAT has set up regional coordinating office , which will carry out principal
        functions of the Regional Coordinating Agency, and, in particular, maintain contacts with
        the Global Office of the World Bank and national implementing offices of the CIS
        countries, has appointed regional coordinators which will carry out functions of a leader
        of the Regional coordinating office.

     2. On the basis of the schemes suggested by the Executive Board of the ICP the following
        materials were prepared:

               - Memorandum of Agreement between the World Bank and Regional
            Coordinating
                      Agency (CIS-STAT).


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           - Memorandum of Understanding between Regional Coordinating Agency – CIS-
                STAT and national implementing agencies carrying out the work on the
                project.

3. It is supposed that, as in the previous global round of comparison for 2005, the results of
   the comparison of GDP in the CIS region will be integrated in global results by means of
   their inclusion in the results of OECD-Eurostat comparison by using for this purpose the
   participation of the Russian Federation both in the comparison in the CIS region and in
   the comparison of OECD-Euurostat. Such the approach was broadly approved at the
   meeting of the ICP Executive Board in October 2009. CIS-STAT has addressed the heads
   of OECD and Eurostat with the request to agree with the above mentioned scheme and
   has obtained their preliminary agreement.

4. There was prepared the timetable on the conduct of GDP comparison in the CIS region in
   the framework of the global 2011 round in accordance with the general timetable of all
   the works connected with the conduct of comparison for the data of 2011 which was
   approved by the ICP Executive Board. It covers the period from 2010 to the end of 2013
   when it is supposed to publish the results of both regional and global comparison .

5. During 2010 it is envisaged to carry out a number of preparatory works connected with
   the preparation of the list of commodities-representatives, harmonization of the
   classification of GDP expenditures in accordance with the recommendations of the ICP
   Global Office, development of the layouts of the questionnaires for collection of data on
   prices, solution of a number of questions on providing national accounts data for
   calculations. In 2010 it is planned to conduct two meetings of experts of the CIS
   countries on reconciliation of consumer and investment commodities-representatives.
   Special consideration will be given to the formation of the list of key commodities-
   representatives which will be provided to the ICP Global Office.

6. During 2011 it is envisaged to carry out the collection of data on prices for commodities-
   representatives, the compilation of cost estimates for construction objects.

7. In 2012 preliminary calculations of the purchasing power parities of currencies and their
   consideration at the meeting of experts of the CIS countries will be made.

8. In 2013 calculations of the results of the comparison of GDP on the basis of purchasing
   power parities of currencies will be made.

9. Estimates of the budget for 2010-2013 have been made and provided to the ICP Global
   Office.




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2.    Timetable of the works on international comparisons of GDP in the CIS region for
2011 in the framework of the Global round of ICP



Nos. Stages of the works                                 Period            Executors

      Preparation of the draft legal documents for the   1 quarter 2010    CIS-STAT
1     conduct of comparisons (letters of the CIS
      Executive Committee, memoranda of
      understanding)
2     Coordination and signing of documents              1-4 quarters      CIS countries
                                                         2010
3     Development of recommendations on the              1-4 quarters      CIS-STAT
      conduct of comparisons on different aspects        2010              Rosstat
      with the account of international standards
4     Harmonization of classification of GDP             2-3 quarters      CIS-STAT
      expenditures                                       2010              Rosstat
5     Participation in the development of the list of    1-4 quarters      CIS-STAT
      key commodities-representatives                    2010              Rosstat
6     Updating of the lists of consumer and              3-4 quarters      CIS-STAT
      investment commodities-representatives             2010              Rosstat
7     Reconciliation of the lists of consumer            3 quarter 2010    CIS-STAT
      commodities-representatives with the experts                         Statistical services of the CIS
      of participating countries                                           countries
8     Reconciliation of the lists of investment          4 quarter 2010    CIS-STAT
      commodities-representatives with the experts                         Statistical services of the CIS
      of participating countries                                           countries
9     Conduct of the working meeting on                  4 quarter         CIS-STAT
      reconciliation of the lists of consumer            2010              Statistical services of the CIS
      commodities-representatives                                          countries
10    Conduct of the working meeting on                  1 quarter 2011    CIS-STAT
      reconciliation of investment commodities-                            Statistical services of the CIS
      representatives                                                      countries
11    Development of electronic forms of data            4 quarter 2010-   CIS-STAT
      submission and sending them to the CIS             1 quarter .2011   Rosstat
      countries
12    Collection of prices for consumer and              2011              Statistical services of the CIS
      investment commodities-representatives                               countries
13    Compilation of cost estimates for construction     2011              Statistical services of the CIS
      objects                                                              countries
14    Conduct of the working meeting with experts        3 quarter 2011    CIS-STAT
      from the CIS countries on the problems of                            Statistical services of the CIS
      GDP disaggregation and comparison of                                 countries
      government and housing services
15    Calculation of average annual prices and           March-April       Statistical services of the CIS
      providing CIS-STAT with the completed              2012              countries
      questionnaires on consumer and investment
      commodities-representatives


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Nos.   Stages of the works                                 Period           Executors

       First estimates of purchasing power parities        ApriMay 2012     CIS-STAT
16     for consumer and investment commodities-                             Rosstat
       representatives and their transfer to the
       countries participating in the comparison
17     Submission of the adjusted information after        June-July 2012   Statistical services of the CIS
       the analysis of the first estimates of                               countries
       purchasing power parities
18     Second estimates of purchasing power parities       September        CIS-STAT
       by consumer and investment commodities-             2012             Rosstat
       representatives and their transfer to the
       countries participating in
       the comparison
19     Conduct of the working meeting with experts         October          CIS-STAT
       from the CIS countries on preliminary               2012             Statistical services of the CIS
       purchasing power parities for consumer                               countries
       commodities-representatives
20     Conduct of the working meeting with experts         December         CIS-STAT
       from the CIS countries on preliminary               2012             Statistical services of the CIS
       purchasing power parities for investment                             countries
       commodities-representatives
21     Providing data to CIS-STAT on non-market            October-         Statistical services of the CIS
       services for 2011                                   November         countries
                                                           2012
22     Submission to CIS-STAT of preliminary data          December         Statistical services of the CIS
       on GDP for 2011 in accordance with the              2012             countries
       classification of GDP expenditures

23     Submission to the ICP Global Office of              December         CIS-STAT
       preliminary average annual prices for the key       2012
       commodities-representatives
24     Calculation of preliminary results of 2011          January-         CIS-STAT
       comparisons and their transfer to the countries     February 2013    Rosstat
       participating in the comparisons
25     Conduct of the working meeting with experts         May           CIS-STAT
       from the CIS countries to discuss preliminary       2013          Statistical services of the CIS
       results of 2011 comparisons                                       countries
26     Submission of final data on GDP for 2011 in         April         Statistical services of the CIS
       accordance with GDP classification                   2013         countries
27     Providing adjustments for calculation of the        February-June Statistical services of the CIS
       results of comparisons for 2011                     2013          countries
28     Calculation of the results of comparisons for       May-June 2013 CIS-STAT
       2011 data and their transfer to the participating                 Rosstat
       countries



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Nos.   Stages of the works                               Period             Executors

29     Submission of regional results and final          3 quarter 2013     CIS-STAT
       average annual prices for key commodities-
       representatives to the Global Office for
       combining the results of the comparisons
30     Conduct of consultative meetings on the           2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       problems of the comparisons with the                                 Rosstat
       participating countries
31     Submission of the reports on the work progress    2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       to the Global Office
32     Participation in the meetings of the              2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       coordinators                                                         Rosstat
33     Translation of the materials on international     2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       comparisons of GDP
34     Sending questionnaires on metadata of             2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       international comparisons of GDP
35     Filling out the questionnaires on metadata of     2010-2013          Statistical services of the CIS
       international comparisons of GDP                                     countries
36     Providing the completed questionnaires on         2010-2013          CIS-STAT
       metadata to the Global Office
37     Validation of the global results of GDP           3-4 quarter        CIS-STAT
       comparisons for 2011                              2013               Rosstat
38     Submission of final adjustments of the data for   3 quarter. 2013    Statistical services of the CIS
       2011 (if any)                                                        countries
39     Publication of regional results                   4 quarter 2013     CIS-STAT
40     Conduct of technical consultations on the         January 2011-      CIS-STAT,
       inclusion of the CIS regional results into the    November           OECD
       results of OECD-Eurostat comparisons              2013 (will be      Eurostat
                                                         specified later)   Rosstat
41     Transfer of the CIS regional results to OECD      June-              CIS-STAT
                                                         November
                                                         2013 (will be
                                                         specified later)
42     Analysis of the combined results of the GDP       June-              CIS-STAT,
       comparisons of OECD-Eurostat and CIS-             November           OECD
       STAT                                              2013 (will be      Rosstat
                                                         specified later)




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