ISI Partnership with AGROST The International Statistics Institute is the statistics brain trust of the world and one of the oldest intellectual organisations that spans a variety of frontiers and branches of statistics including ethics and code of statistical practice. Its membership is largely represented in teaching, research and applications, such as official statistics. In terms of institutions the ISI manifests itself through institutions of higher learning, research institutions and national statistics offices. The African continent has grave statistical deficits for driving her development agenda and it has ecological and social variety, which are factors that lend themselves to statistical tuition, statistical research and statistical application. Among the strategic portfolios in which the ISI can contribute is: 1. to assist National Statistical Offices in African countries to acquire the best and most recent information on the collection, treatment and dissemination of statistical data. 2. to participate in and contribute to up-to-date training programmes. 3. to intensify its initiatives for training in important statistical areas in official statistics but also in other branches of statistics. This is in branches such as in agriculture, environment, business and industry, software, health, tourism, actuarial science and finance, etc. 4. to work with the continent in the implementation of the code of practice as enshrined in the charter and underlying principles This approach gives ample opportunities for the Statistical Training Centers in Africa to choose a strategic direction at an advanced level to promote activities, helping them to develop into centers of excellence in a particular area of statistics. The decisions on institutions, on relevant subjects and on the procedures to be followed need to be done in close consultation with AGROST, like are happening here at StatCom. The project will look for close cooperation with partners that share similar interests and/or that have comparable experiences with teaching assignments in Africa. At a meeting between ISI and the African stake holders in Dublin in August 2011, it was recognized that the objectives of the ISI-initiative fit perfectly with the AGROST objectives and mandate. It has been recommended that AGROST, as the coordination body for statistical training activities in Africa, supports ISI in the design and the implementation of the project. It was further proposed to start the implementation with a small pilot project in 2012. During the running of this pilot project, AGROST and ISI will further discuss how to broaden and intensify the project into an initiative where many more institutions and subjects will be involved. Given the intellectual capabilities of ISI and the African needs, the Commission is asked to consider the following: 1. ISI applies for membership of the Technical and Financial Partners of AGROST; 2. Statistical training, the ISI is called upon to create mechanisms for exposing its brain trust to the African institutions of higher learning, research institutes and mentoring young statisticians; 3. Statistical research, the ISI is called upon to avail its resources to national statistics offices to strengthen the branch of official statistics; and 4. Statistical ethics, the ISI is called upon to continually work with the continent on code of practice, implementation of the Statistics Charter and underpinning principles.