Arab Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution

Doha, Qatar

10-11 October 2016


The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Government of Qatar, and GCC-STAT jointly organised the Arab Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution on 10-11 October 2016, in Doha, Qatar.

This two day forum focused on gaining political support for catalysing a data revolution for sustainable development, while discussing how to measure and track capacity, while also looking at specific needs and challenges in the Arab region.


Recognising the significance of the Data Revolution for statistical follow-up and review of the 2030 Development Agenda, the participants concluded the forum by agreeing on the draft Doha Declaration on a Data Revolution.

Day 1


  • How can Big Data help to promote Sustainable Development?

    o   Erki Saluveer, Chief Technology Officer, Positium 

Session 1 | Contextualising the Data Revolution in the Arab region

  • A World that Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

o   Enrico Giovannini, Co-chair IEAG on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Session 2 | Challenges and Data Gaps in meeting the SDGs

    o    Hatem Sedghaini, Tunisia

    o    Ahmed al Mufarji, Oman

    o    Nada Ali Moqabel, GCC-STAT

  • Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development

    o    Aditya Agrawal, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Session 3 | Exploring Solutions

    o    Abdalla Al Batel, Deputy President, General Authority for Statistics, Saudi Arabia

Day 1 Recap


Day 2


  • How to capture the value from Big Data to address social questions?

o   Frederic Pivetta, Managing Partner, Real Impact Analytics

Session 4 | Capacity Development and Data Revolution

    o   Saoud Matar Alshammari, MDPS, Qatar

  • RHEEM: A Cross-Platform Big Data system

o   Jorge Quiane, Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT)

o   Rajiv Ranjan, PARIS21

Session 5 | Supporting Solutions

  • Group 1

o  English

  • Group 2

o  English

o  Arabic

  • Group 3

o  English

o  Arabic

  • Group 4

o  English

o  Arabic


Doha Declaration (draft)


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