About Us

Introduction

The Voorburg Group on Services Statistics was created in 1986, in response to a request from the United Nations Statistical Office (UNSO), for assistance in developing services statistics. The first meeting, hosted by the Netherlands Statistical Office (CBS) was held in January of 1987 in Voorburg (Netherlands), from which the Group derives its name.


Purpose

The purpose of the Voorburg Group (VG) is to address issues related to the production of service statistics, including service product outputs and inputs, the estimation of the real product of service activities, price indices of service products and industries, and their implications for product and industry classification (Central Product Classification (CPC) and International Standard Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC)).

In 2005, the VG received a renewed mandate from the UNSC concerning its objective, focus and scope1. The objective of the VG is to establish an internationally comparable methodology for measuring the constant dollar outputs of the service industries. The focus of the VG is to develop concepts, methods, and best practices in the area of services. The scope of the VG is centered on producer price indices (PPIs) for services, turnover by products, and classifications.

The Voorburg Group has contributed over the years to building up and sharing a considerable and growing body of knowledge of Service Sector Statistics. It has prompted international cooperation in the development of standards and has assisted in resolving statistical and measurement challenges in the Service Sector.


1 Ducharme, Louis Marc 'Strategic Vision of the Voorburg Group on Services Statistics for 2005-2008' background document to the Statistical Commission at its thirty-sixth session.

Bureau of the Voorburg Group

The organization and the planning of the annual meeting are done by the Bureau. The Bureau consists of a core group of members, the host of the last meeting and the host of the next meeting.

The members of the Bureau are:

David M. Friedman U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Chair)
Michael Morgan Australian Bureau of Statistics
Alain Gallais INSEE - France
Derek Bird Office of National Statistics, U.K.
Renata Rechnio Central Statistical Office - Poland
Hideo Ishihara Statistics Bureau of Japan


Previous Meetings

The Voorburg Group meets for one week every year. The next meeting will be held from October 7th to October 11th, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. The previous meetings were held as follows:

1987   Voorburg, the Netherlands
1987   Stockholm, Sweden
1988   Wiesbaden, Germany
1989   Ottawa, Canada
1990   Paris, France
1991   Helsinki, Finland
1992   Williamsburg, United States of America
1993   Oslo, Norway
1994   Sydney, Australia
1995   Voorburg, the Netherlands
1996   Newport, Wales
1997   Copenhagen, Denmark
1998   Rome, Italy
1999   Christchurch, New Zealand
2000   Madrid, Spain
2001   Örebro, Sweden
2002   Nantes, France
2003   Tokyo, Japan
2004   Ottawa, Canada
2005   Helsinki, Finland
2006   Wiesbaden, Germany
2007   Seoul, South Korea
2008   Aguascalientes, Mexico
2009   Oslo, Norway
2010   Vienna, Austria
2011   Newport, Wales
2012   Warsaw, Poland


Reports to the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC)

  1. Strategic Vision
  2. Progress Report