Launching a strategic partnership towards an integrated statistical system

SCAD and ADIO Launching a strategic partnership towards an integrated statistical system

30 May 2021: Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) signed today a service level agreement to cooperate on exchanging data, promoting statistical collaboration, and building foundations for joint action. The partnership is aimed at achieving integration and supporting the Abu Dhabi Government’s pursuits to build a comprehensive and sustainable statistical system for the emirate that provides decision and policymakers and the business community with accurate and reliable statistics. This cooperation is driven by SCAD’s commitment to provide reliable, up-to-date statistics that paint a detailed picture about the emirate in order for the private sector to develop their businesses and investments.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, Director General of SCAD and H.E. Dr Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of ADIO.

The agreement establishes a framework for joint and organised statistical work and identifies areas of cooperation such as data exchange, metadata, development of standards and methodologies, technical statistical support, development of administrative records, statistical capacity building and enhancing statistical maturity across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

The agreement also sets out mechanisms for cooperation and coordination between the two sides in order to maximise the utilisation of statistical resources and build a comprehensive statistical system based on scientific foundations. The goal is to compile accurate, reliable and up-to-date data and indicators that meet the requirements of data users across all categories, with the aim of upgrading the statistical ecosystem in line with Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation vision.


The two sides stressed their keenness to strengthen the bonds of statistical cooperation and make the utmost effort to develop relations in all areas of statistical work. H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, Director General of SCAD, expressed the center’s pride in cooperating with ADIO, saying: “Through this collaboration, we look forward to developing a strategic partnership with ADIO to provide up-to-date statistical data that meets the needs of the business community and contributes towards enhancing Abu Dhabi’s status and creating a vibrant and stimulating business environment. Cooperation and partnership with various entities constitute the basis for achieving the desired statistical integration, through which we seek access to statistical data and future analyses that would contribute to a diversified and sustainable economy and support innovation.”


H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of ADIO, said: “ADIO strives to ensure that the private sector is fully equipped with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Having access to the latest information, data and statistics from across Abu Dhabi will aid investors in planning and making strategic decisions for their businesses. Our cooperation with SCAD will help to enhance the standards and availability of vital statistics, boost information and communications technology capacities and support Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation.”


In January 2020, SCAD launched a statistical e-connection project with government agencies in Abu Dhabi to achieve integration and coordination in statistical work in the emirate, with SCAD as the key provider of high-quality statistical data that supports decision makers to plan, monitor achievements and measure performance effectively. The reports and indicators provided through statistical connectivity would serve as a direction for the development of the emirate’s future sustainable economic development policies and plans.

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