The compendium provides a series of data and indicators which shed light on the social situation and on the socio-economic changes taking place in western Asia. This should enable researchers and planners to obtain a picture of the development process through a series of indicators, established by complementarity between social and demographic statistics. The main areas of coverage include gender disaggregated statistics and special population subgroups such as children, the young and the disabled given their importance in the region. Data was obtained mainly from the national statistical offices and from international and regional databases.
The Bulletin aims to provide detailed industrial data on Arab countries for the users of such statistics, including policymakers, analysts and researchers, in order to assist them in meeting their needs in this area. The publication includes time series of data and indicators for the period 2001-2007. Data are drawn primarily from national resources, as well as from secondary sources where appropriate. The Bulletin is divided into two parts: part I includes tables on overall industrial trends, part II contains tables of industrial statistics, where available, for each Arab country.