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Dear Colleague,

The December 2017 issue of the SJIAOS is now available. It has the theme ‘Implementation of Fundamental Principles of Statistics’ with a special focus on implementation in developing countries.

The topic is introduced by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and former IAOS president (2011-2013), Mr. Stephen Penneck:

“Taken together these three papers highlight some of the challenges developing countries face in implementing the Fundamental Principles, and the support they can gain from international standards, international agencies, other national statistical offices and from regional partnerships. All countries are on a common journey and a good understanding of each other’s problems helps us all to succeed.”

Other manuscripts address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implications for official statistics. Former IAOS president (2007-2009), Mr. Olav Ljones ties the concepts of the SDGs together with the theme of Leaving No One Behind.

You will also find an interview with Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Center for Statistics at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a member of the IAOS executive committee and an associate editor for the SJIAOS.


Oliver Chinganya

The views and opinions expressed in the interviews and conversations published in SJIAOS are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Journal, the IAOS nor IOS Press.


Other manuscripts in this issue deserve mentioning. We are pleased to publish the winning paper of the 2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians (YSP): “Balancing Input-Output Tables with Bayesian Slave-Raiding Ants,” by Mr. Rolando Gonzales Martinez . For more information about this prize and the announcement for the 2018 YSP, please consult the IAOS website at


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