Mexican government praised for improving quality of its statistics

25 March 2011

Efforts made by the Mexican government to improve the quality of energy statistics it produces and develop a set of energy efficiency indicators were praised by the International Energy Agency’s Deputy Executive Director Richard Jones at a conference in the country’s capital earlier this week. 

The conference attended by Ambassador Jones, which took place on 14 and 15 March, brought to a close a three-year project between the Mexican government (Secretaría de Energia)  and the IEA supported by the UK government.

The three aims of this joint initiative, which was financed through the UK Strategic Programme Fund, were:

  • Raising the quality of basic energy statistics of Mexico to the level of all other OECD countries;
  • Developing a set of energy efficiency indicators. (These indicators show policy makers where energy savings can be made); and
  • Training statisticians to both sustain and further develop these energy statistics and indicators.  

“Mexico has come a long way from being one of the latest OECD countries in terms of timeliness of its annual questionnaires to being now the first OECD country to send its questionnaires,” said Ambassador Jones.

“And not only timeliness has improved, but also the coverage and the quality of the statistics provided. The IEA now quotes Mexico as a best practice in our presentations to OECD and non-OECD countries.”

Ambassador Jones praised Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) for its efforts to build meaningful indicators for the transport sector, industry, residential sector, power sector and services and commerce sectors in Mexico.

He also highlighted the “major success” of the project in training three statisticians who developed these indicators and statistics and who would be now able to sustain the work in the years ahead.

The two-day conference was organised by SENER, the IEA, and the UK Embassy in Mexico. Although Mexico is not an IEA member country, the Agency often works with countries outside its membership.

More information on the meeting can be found here

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