The Development ofStatistical Business Registersin
Structure of the SBRInformation sourcesTechnological environmentUpdating and maintenance processesUses of statistical business registersIssues and challengesOngoing initiatives and long-term plans
1. Structure of the SBR
Sri Lanka’s SBR system is structured with following informationIndustry,Construction,Trade&Service EstablishmentName, Address, Employment, Production of each unit is listed in2013/2014 economic census listing processTotal No. of units listed in this census process is -1,019,681for the SBR We selected economic activities with more than 3 employees,It is approximately 150,000.Changes in the number of records over the years yet to be updatedSector covered Urban-36% Rural-62% Estate-2%Industry-41% Services-34% Trade-25%Classification used is SLSIC and CPCLocal and foreign ownership of enterprises is yet to be identified.Enterprises engaged in international trade is yet to be identified.
Structure of theSBRcont.
Our SBR team is made with following main stakeholdersDCS-ROC-IRD-EPFDCS will domissing,analyzing,transformingit todatabases process
SOURCES OF DATA
DCSIRDRoCTourist BoardProvincial CouncilEPF
Currently Webbased Servers withbackupsat ICT division of DCS is used for SBR.Datasharing agreements with themain stakeholdershave been prepared.first set of data after the listing hasbeen from IRD.
3. Technological environment
Describe the IT and computing system in place to support the SBRAvailable Hardware system should be develop with new Hardware systems to accommodate more volume of dataDeveloping software system is completed to suit local data availability(ADB)Presently stand alone at DCS but action should be taken to making networkDCS data entry system is internally networked . Hoped to develop network systemwith stakeholders.Durability or lifespan of the systemscould be revised once in two yearsDiscussion is underway to identify the backup ProvidersFor the SBR system IT support is provided by ICT division of DCSWe made provisions in the NSO’s proposal to provide long term support toSBR SystemToSafeguardand protectthedata, We are preparing to include the clause in the MOU of stake holders
4. Updating andmaintenanceprocesses
Data updating will be done MonthlyPresently batch updating is under way and We will go for the online updating when online system is establishedThe principal data sources proposed areDCS – Department of Census & StatisticsRoC– Registrar of CompaniesIRD – Inland Revenue DepartmentPBR - Provincial council Business RegistryEPF - Employees Provident FundNWS & DB – National Water Suppliers and Drainage BoardCEB – Ceylon Electricity BoardAs the common system is notsuitable forverification/validation therefor Taylor made programs will be used to verify existing information's andverification /validation procedures in place for adding/deleting recordsDCS, IT office modified the data entryprogrammeto eliminate the out of scope and error reports.Periodical discussion is underway with data users and planners to include New data sources and variables.Under National Statistics System ,NSO will make arrangement to macro analysis and high level verification of the data in the SBR?
5. Uses of StatisticalBusiness Registers
Currently data stored in the SBR system at DCS but not officially launched.planners, researchers, private sector and DCS itself.In Sri Lanka information stored in SBR could be used for macro , micro, and socio economic development projects.Provisions are made in the NSS to expand and accommodate more data and information need for SriLankengovernment planners and researchers need.To date the benefits realized by SBR is,cleaning up of database prepared by DCS using 2013/14 economics census listing which is used for future surveys.SBR could support NSO to,PublishStatistics on thewebsite.ProduceStatistics in CDs.Publish Statistical bulletins.
6. Issue and challenges
The main issues and challenges faced in developing, maintaining and using the SBRs:Conducting awareness programs and providing training for main stakeholdersNetworking main stakeholders with limited access and private security for each stakeholdersLegal and internal administrative framework of DCS and other stakeholders.Infrastructure of DCS and Main StakeholdersEconomic census listing was done with economic units but stakeholders data files are inenteprices.Possible sustainable solutions to the issues and challenges notedCarryout a data needsassessmentHoldregular data user/ producer workshop.Share relevant information with the planners so that they can appreciatethe roleof theSBRWe expect multilateral organizations to play a major role in addressing these issues and challenges by providing funds , expert sharing and coordination
7. Ongoing initiativesandLong-termplans
In Sri Lanka setting up of NSS (National Statistical System) is in initial stage and inclusion of SBR is highly recommended.Awareness programs, discussions and signing of MOUs underway with main stakeholders.Government of Sri Lanka had taken initiative to digitalize operations of main stakeholders (Ex.RoC) which will help operations of SBR
Ongoing initiatives andLong-term planscont.
To reduce the workload of SBR unit of DCS, DCS has geographically divided Sri Lanka in to nine provinces and appointed a statistician to each province with executive authority, sufficient staff and computers to work on SBR.Western province is getting large portion of them because most of the economic activities are located in this province.Presently these subunits are working on identifying enterprises with their branches spread over many parts of Sri LankaAfter profiling this process we expect to launch the project by 1stquarter of 2017.We will include the newly born economic units after 2016 January using IRD data baseThe action plan for the next 5 years of SBR is under preparation