REPORT OF THE TENTH MEETING OF THE EXPERT GROUP ON INFORMAL SECTOR STATISTICS (DELHI GROUP)
International Labour Organisation, Geneva
8-10 October, 2007
1.1 The Tenth Meeting of the Expert Group on Informal Sector Statistics (Delhi Group) was organized and hosted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva during 8-10 October, 2007.
2.2 The meeting was attended by 26 representatives from the countries of Brazil, Chile, China, Fiji, France, India, Mexico, Namibia, Tanzania and Turkey, the international organistions of International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), ‘Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), France and Mrs. Carol Carson, (SNA update, Project manager). The list of participants is at Annex-I.
3.1 The agenda adopted for the meeting consisted of an inaugural session and discussions on the following items:
4.1 There were extensive deliberations on the draft Chapters 1 to 5 and 10 of the Manual on Surveys of Informal Employment and Informal Sector, which is one of the deliverable outputs of the Delhi Group in association with the ILO. The preliminary draft Chapter 24 of the 1993 SNA Rev.1 on The Informal Sector along with the background note from the UNSD and the Project Manager of SNA Rev.1 was also discussed at length. Besides these agenda papers, a paper prepared on “Alternate Aggregation for the Informal Sector in ISIC Rev.4” was also presented. The purpose of this paper was to suggest an alternative aggregation of ISIC levels to suit the specialised needs and characteristics of economic activities carried out in informal sector.
4.2 The participants, while approving the broad outlines of the draft Chapters and other agenda papers, suggested some changes in terms of their content and structure. The recommendations of the Delhi Group on these deliberations are given below as the recommendations of 10th Delhi Group meeting.
4.3 The team of contributors who are drafting the Manual on Surveys of Informal Employment and Informal Sector will suitably revise the draft chapters considered in the 10th meeting of the Delhi Group by March, 2008. The other 4 Chapters of the Manual, namely, Chapters 6 to 9 will be drafted by June, 2008, and the complete Manual will be placed before the 11th meeting of the Delhi Group, scheduled to be held thereafter in Kolkata.
4.4 The Delhi Group will submit a report to the UN Statistical Commission, about the recent developments and on the progress of preparation of the activities of Manual on Surveys of Informal Employment and Informal Sector.
5.1 The following recommendations were made on the various agenda items:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Revisions should include:
Chapter 2 : Concepts, Definitions and Sub-Classification
Chapter 3: Measurement Objectives and data collection Strategies
Chapter 4 : Household Surveys on informal Sector Employment and other types of Informal Employment
Chapter 5 : Informal Sector Establishment Surveys
Chapter 6 : Alternate aggregation for informal sector in ISIC Rev.4
Draft Chapter of SNA Rev.1 on informal sector
The Delhi Group:
Chapter 10 : Use of Data for the preparation of National Accounts:
Labour Input matrices and the Production Approach
The Chapter should clearly outline the objectives in the beginning regarding: