IAOS is an association founded in 1985. It is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), which was created and developed as a specialised section of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). Its objectives are to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics and to foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services on a global basis. Since 1988, 14 IAOS conferences have been held biennially in different parts of the world like Vietnam, Ukraine, Chile, Canada and many more. The main theme of the IAOS 2016 conference "The Spirit of Official Statistics: Partnership and Continuous Innovation" will consist of four main sections (Strengthening the value of official statistics in the rapidly expanding information society, Partnerships in action for results, Innovation and modernisation of National Statistical Systems & Fundamental principles in practice) as well as other sub themes.

Hosted by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, IAOS 2016 conference aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing among the statistical community to boost key official statistics, to develop capacity building, to discuss the official statistics challenges and to raise statistics awareness in the United Arab Emirates and the region.

The expected participants of the IAOS 2016 conference will include representatives from various entities like national statistical offices, the United Nations, governmental institutions, universities and educational institutions, research institutions, local and international media and every individual who has an interest in the statistical work.

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