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Thailand has developed a national statistical system for over

a century. The National Statistical Office (NSO), the central statistical

organization, produces basic statistics from surveys in almost all

sectors. A number of government agencies also produce statistics,

largely administrative data from their reporting, registration system.

At present, a large number of government agencies are involved in

producing statistics. Over time, this system has become rather

fragmented, without a shared vision and direction. Each agency

produces statistics largely to meet the agencyks demand, and each

has different human resource and financial constraints. This has

resulted in inconsistencies in terms of statistical standards and

quality, and in some cases, overlapping and redundancy.

The Statistics Act 2007 states that it is the obligation of NSO to

develop a statistical master plan for all government agencies to

ensure that Thailandks statistical development supports national

policies and development plans. The NSO, in collaboration with all

line ministries, has therefore developed Thailandks first Statistical

Master Plan (TSMP) 2011-2015. The drafting process was based

on participation of line ministries and consultation with other


A SWOT analysis of Thailandks statistical system provides a

set of guidelines for TSMP (2011-2015) as follow:

Use the Statistics Act 2007 to establish clear policies

on statistical development,


Make effective use of technology in statistical

production, dissemination and services,


Improve quality by upgrading the standard and quality

of statistics, and enhance efficiency by minimizing

redundancy and workload,


Network and expand collaboration with all sectors/parties,


Promote the use of statistics, and


Develop the capacity of statistical teams and units.