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4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers

Business registers

The Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers is a UN city group and the successor of the International Roundtable on Business Survey Frames (IRTBSF). Its main purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences as well as the conduct of joint work related to the development, maintenance and use of business registers to support survey sampling and other statistical activities related to the production of business statistics. The Wiesbaden Group is engaged with contemporary and emerging issues in the development and use of business registers. In particular, the Wiesbaden Group aims at tackling forward looking matters and identifying new challenges concerning business registers.

The 21th Wiesbaden Group meeting was held in Paris in November 2008, hosted by OECD. The meeting was entitled "The Central Place of Business Register Systems in Response to Globalisation Needs" because of the key role registers play in combining different sets of statistics, a necessary element of globalization analysis ( for instance, trade and enterprise characteristics). In 2010, a meeting is planned end September in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by Statistics Estonia. The frequency of meetings was set to every two years - alternating with the joint seminar (UNECE, OECD und Eurostat) on business registers.

All reports and papers of the Wiesbaden Group were made public through the CIRCA website.

The agenda and complete set of papers and presentations of the 21st meeting at OECD can be found at:

The focus of work of the Wiesbaden Group is determined by a Steering Group, composed both by National Statistical Institutes and international organisations. Current members of the group are Australia, Eurostat, Estonia, France, Germany, OECD, UNECE, United Kingdom, United States (BLS). Besides assisting the host of the next meeting the Steering Groupl:
• Promotes global, integrated, statistical system design in countries and international organizations;
• Ensures the pertinence of Wiesbaden Group meeting agendas and coordination with meetings on related topics;
• Promotes the exchange of experiences between producers and users in developing Business Registers as backbone of economic statistics, enterprise profiling, the treatment of enterprise groups, business demography statistics design, entrepreneurship indicators, and the like;
• Advertises the output of the Wiesbaden Group in other international and national fora and seeks feedback,
• Actively engages the UN Statistical Commission, Conference of European Statisticians (CES), Committee on Statistics of OECD (CSTAT), and other senior management forums and seeks their inputs regarding future activities.

Point of contact: Andreas Lindner, OECD: (

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