Organisation of the meeting
The seventh meeting of the Expert Group on Informal Sector Statistics (Delhi Group) was organised and hosted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India in New Delhi during the period 2-4 February 2004.
Representatives from seven countries viz. Fiji, France, India, Korea, Malaysia, Namibia and Nepal, the international organizations of ILO, ESCAP, UNSD, UNDP and organisations like Women in Informal Employment – Globalising and Organising (WIEGO), Centre for Development Alternatives (CDA), Centre for Social Development (CSD), Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Socio Economic Research Centre (SERC) and Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) participated in the meting. In all 45 participants attended the meeting. List of participants is at Annex-I.
Dr. Adarsh Kishore, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India and Chairman of the Delhi Group welcomed the participants and inaugurated the meeting. He expressed his gratitude to all the distinguished participants and regretted that the efforts of the Secretariat of Delhi Group to find resources to assist the experts from developing countries have not become very successful though UNDP Delhi and the Ministry of Urban Affairs did make available some funds at the last minute. He then briefly indicated the developments since last meeting and mentioned that two research studies based on Indian data were completed on the measurement of Informal Economy and the measurement of its linkages with poverty. It was also mentioned that one of the major tasks of the Group is to evolve an operational statistical definition of informal economy for data collection. Outlining the agenda before the group, he expressed the hope that the issues would be carefully analyzed and deliberated upon before arriving at suitable recommendations for future programme of work in the field.
The agenda adopted for the meeting consisted of the following:
The detailed agenda of the meeting is at Annex-II.
Summary of the deliberations and recommendations
SESSION - I
The first session of the meeting was devoted to defining Informal Employment and Methodologies for its Measurement. The brief summary of the papers presented during the session are produced below:
The paper concludes by highlighting the areas for further work by the Delhi Group and others. The suggestions, inter-alia, include the following:
SESSION - II
The second session was devoted to improving the quality of Informal Sector Statistics.Brief summaries of papers presented during the session is presented below:
SESSION - III
The subject of Measurement of Informal Economy through Income and Expenditure Surveys was discussed during the third session. The papers presented together with their brief summaries are given below:
The fourth session was devoted to taking stock of work done by the Group so far and to discuss future programme of the Delhi Group. The highlights of the achievements made by the group and a consensus view on the future course of action are given below: