In the period of June-August 2020, in the context of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the EU Funded Project “Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” continued the implementation of project activities through remote work modalities (smart working).

„Asistență tehnică pentru sprijinirea Biroului Național de Statistică din Republica Moldova” – activități derulate în regim smart-working

Namely, the following activities were developed during the above-mentioned period:

  • Online weekly meetings were organised between the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova (NBS) staff and project’s experts and also between NBS top management and project’s representatives.
  • Online technical meetings were organised several times a week between NBS staff and project’s experts in order to develop and implement the activities according to the project planning; the online work manner has been covering group discussions, training and tutorials, presentation of tools and documents produced by project experts with the contribution of NBS staff, exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, coaching and assistance.
  • Direct communication channels were established between the top management of the National Bureau of Statistics and the main partners of the implementing contractor: the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) and the Polish National Institute of Statistics. These channels allowed exchange of information with the NBS on the best practices followed by the European National Institutes of Statistics to continue producing official statistics during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • On 30th of July was organised the second Steering Committee meeting. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, the meeting took place online. Overall, 26 representatives took part to the event, both as official members of the Steering Committee and as observers. All the participants pointed out the global issues generated by Covid-19 pandemic and the impact they have on the implementation of the ParStat project, such as the constraints to provide technical assistance from international experts or the limitations to conduct field work activities for the collection of statistical data.

The project’s Digitool page and web site (parstat.md) were updated with relevant information about project’s implementation with a constantly updated calendar of the training and TA activities performed from remote.