MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
On behalf of the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD), and in collaboration with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, and other statistical centres across the United Arab Emirates, it is my great pleasure to introduce the 15th International Association for Official Statistics Conference (IAOS 2016).
On 6-8 December 2016, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will be honoured to host what will be the first ever conference of its kind in the Gulf region. Under the theme “The Spirit of Official Statistics: Partnership and Continuous Innovation”, the event will promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics, foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services on a global basis, and provide a unique platform for sharing knowledge among the statistical community to boost key official statistics in the UAE and the whole region. Attracting around 500 national and international delegates - including global statistical leaders, senior government decision makers, and prominent international experts – IAOS 2016 will enable the fruitful exchange of information, promote valuable business interactions and facilitate significant delegate participation.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to the IAOS Executive Committee for selecting the United Arab Emirates for such a prestigious statistical event. IAOS 2016 will provide the opportunity to promote Arabic culture and may pave the way for SCAD to host bigger events in the future.
Butti Ahmed Mohammed bin Butti Al Qubaisi
Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi