The Sixth China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Statistics Forum was held on Friday in Nanning City of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with the participants focusing their discussions on multilateral cooperation in the statistics field and shared the latest results of their national population censuses.

2020 is the year that most countries and regions in the world have conducted their population censuses. The initial estimates suggest that more than 200 countries and regions have carried out a census so far this year, covering more than 90 percent of the world’s population.

Ning Jizhe, Head of the National Bureau of Statistics, said that China and ASEAN countries will continue to explore improving census methods and raising the level of census work.

“We hope that we will continue to strengthen cooperation, exchange, interconnectivity and mutual access, and inspire one another to provide more fresh cases for mutual reference in such areas as statistical monitoring, standard formulation, method research, technology transformation and information technology development,” said Ning.

Ning also proposed continuation of efforts to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and use the forum as a link to strengthen intergovernmental statistics communication and exchange.

The forum was held during the 17th China-ASEAN Expo which kicked off Friday in Nanning.

Themed “Building the Belt & Road, Strengthening digital economy cooperation,” this year’s expo aims to deepen cooperation in trade, digital economy, science and technology, health and other fields to foster a closer China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future.