Time to Act for Growth
By Maxime Verhagen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands
As the European debt crisis deepens, economic growth is stagnating and every European is suffering the consequences of budget cuts. Across Europe, politicians, businesspeople and ordinary citizens are calling for measures to stimulate growth. I hear the same calls from European colleagues, MEPs and Commissioners. They are right. Now is the time for Europe to act for growth. Read the full story »
Dutch Politics Paralysed in Post-Wilders Era?
By Dr Henk Overbeek, Professor of International Relations, VU University, Amsterdam
On April 21st the Liberty Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders blew up negotiations with the Liberals (VVD) and the Christian Democrats (CDA) which had been dragging on for seven weeks, about a draft 2013 budget that would stay within the strict European 3% deficit maximum. The Netherlands, once known for its political stability, saw its sixth consecutive coalition cabinet fall prematurely this millennium, and is facing new elections on September 12th. VVD and CDA bear a heavy responsibility for the situation in which they have manoeuvred the country. Read the full story »
EU-US: Time to Normalise a Special Relationship
By Sir Graham Watson MEP, Editor, Government Gazette
Forged after World War II, the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) is one of the strongest in the world. We have been united in fighting fascism, communism and building peace and prosperity in Europe. We share a commitment to democratic values of rule of law, transparency and due process. Read the full story »
DRS supports standardisation of statistics in Africa by sponsoring 8th Africa Symposium on Statistical Development
By Sue McBreen
UK based global data capture specialist DRS Data Services Ltd, was delighted once again to support the 8th Africa Symposia on Statistical Development (ASSD) which took place at the end of November 2012 in Yammousoukro, capital city of the Ivory Coast Republic.
Following on from last January’s event in Cape Town, high on the agenda for discussion was processes and procedures for conducting civil registrations and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. Currently most African countries are being challenged with the inadequate nature of birth, death, marriage and divorce registrations and incomplete vital statistics that are negatively affecting development endeavours in building modern public administration, promoting decentralisation and democratisation programmes and measurement and monitoring of development initiatives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
It is acknowledged that with the exception of two or three African countries, the coverage and accuracy of CRVS systems in Africa remains inadequate and below international standards.
DRS is able to share more than 40 years of tried and tested data capture expertise with a dedicated global team with experience of numerous national population projects worldwide, including African countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi and most recently Zambia.
As a trusted advisor, DRS is regularly called upon to offer advice and best practice techniques on census capture methodologies and technologies to National Statistics Offices around the world. The company is therefore pleased to be able to support the ASSD, particularly as it was widely reported that the 2nd CRVS Ministers Conference hosted in Durban recently raised the bar for international collaboration to tackle CRVS challenges.
DRS’ representative attending the November event, Gary Brighton, comments; “The ASSD has made great progress since inception and acknowledges the significant role that global partners are playing. DRS is delighted to continue to be one of these partners, for example contributing to improving population and housing censuses.”
Established in 1969, DRS has a highly respected global reputation for tried and tested large scale data capture expertise. DRS has the experience and skills, combined with proven innovative data capture methods and technology, to guide governments and organisations through processes with flexibility, efficiency and security for reliable results.
As a trusted advisor to the United Nations, DRS implements complete solutions for logistically challenging projects and in 2009 managed the Malawi census which was critical for UN funding because all feeding stations and healthcare are dependent on census results. In 2011 DRS undertook the planning and development for the process and capture of data for the 2011 Pakistan census, including the printing and delivery of over 42 million census questionnaires designed to enable the swift and accurate capture of hand-written data.
For more details visit www.drs.co.uk