Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and World Bank Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the desire to carry out activities conducive to helping developing countries improve their statistical systems for collecting, processing and disseminating quality and timely data for evidence-based policymaking in order to achieve their national development goals as strive towards the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).
To further the achievement of their common objectives the CBS and WBG will be collaborating by sharing knowledge, ideas, and leveraging their existing resources and facilities to collect more and accurate data in developing countries. The institutions will be collaborating on the organization and execution of research such as big data for the development of new statistics (e.g. SDGs), as well as on collecting and processing data. CBS and WBG will be joining forces to educate developing countries on the importance of collecting data by utilizing workshops, seminars, conferences and releasing joint publications.
Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) is a government institution in charge of the conceptual and methodological development, the collection, processing and dissemination of all official statistics on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Statistics Netherlands ensures that national statistics are produced based on internationally accepted standards and methods, and in a timely manner.