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Meeting of the Pacific Statistics Steering Committee (PSSC)

In line with its Terms of References, PSSC will meet on Monday 13th November 2017 to consider the TYPSS Phase 3 Design. Subject to PSSC endorsement, this document and its recommendations will be submitted for final consideration at the meeting of the Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) on Tuesday 14th until 16th November 2017.

PSSC Terms of References:
i. Guiding the establishment and development of a framework to achieve the implementation and regular monitoring of TYPSS,
ii. Endorsing common definitions and standards that will underpin a greater harmonization of statistical processes and outputs as mandated by the Pacific Plan, and
iii. Providing guidance to the statistical activities undertaken by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, PFTAC and other statistical providers in the region.
iv. To review the progress of implementation of the TYPSS, to consider and propose action to resolve implementation challenges including the periodic review and revisions to TYPSS based on operational experience.
v. When required, act to represent the collective interests of the Chief Statisticians of the region.

Members and participants for 2017 PSSC Meeting:

Members Agency
1. Simil Johnson Vanuatu GS and PSSC Chair
2. Epeli Waqavonovono Fiji GS
3. Viliami Fifita Tonga GS
4. Taggy Tangimetua Cook Is GS
5. Ipia Gadabu Nauru GS
6. Jasperse Jacobus (Rep) Tokelau GS
7. Carl Dominguez Guam GS and Director of Planning
8. Bruce Hockman ABS
9. Nic Notarpietro DFAT
10. Kelvin Watson Statistics NZ GS
11. Len Cook Friend of the Chair
12. Ofa Ketuu SDD Director, Secretariat


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SDD Newsletter - September 2017

Building a Culture of Education Data Use in the Pacific

Successful delivery of capacity building and support to education systems, particularly in the Pacifc, requires addressing both technical solutions and political challenges. To that end, the Pacifc Community (SPC) is currently reinforcing its support to education statistical capacity in the region, The inherently political nature of educational systems sometimes results in difculties in terms of using data for decision-making. Progress in educational outcomes is more achievable when we consider the intersection of what is both politically possible and technically sound.

Pacific Community digitalizes education data collection in Kiribati

Kiribati Education Ministry ofcials have recently been trained by the Pacifc Community (SPC) to use tablets for collecting data that would inform the education sector’s performance.

SPC Education Management Information’s Systems Team Leader, Scott Pontifex explained that the ofcials and outer island representatives were trained to use the tablets for data collection from schools for important statistical reporting against the Sustainable Development Goals and Pacifc Education Development Framework for example, as well as tracking performance of schools and the Ministry of Education (MOE) against the sector’s operational and strategic plans.

Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting

The Cook Islands hosted the twelfth Pacifc Ministers of Health Meeting in Rarotonga from 28 to 30 August 2017. Ministers at the meeting again emphasised the importance of the collection of data on births, deaths and causes of death through civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) for the health sector, including for monitoring key regional priorities – such as the impact of non-communicable diseases – and reporting against the Healthy Islands Monitoring Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals. The importance of a multi-sectoral approach to CRVS and the need for ongoing improvement of health information systems was also noted, along with the need for regional cooperation and working with regional partnerships such as the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) and the Pacifc Health Information Network (PHIN).

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User Focus Survey


As a result of the DFAT Pacific Statistics Assessment and the Internal SDD review, SDD is endeavouring to provide an improved user experience, with better access to data for all users of our websites - SDD,PRISM,NMDI.

As an important user or potential user of statistics in the Pacific Region, your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated. Your feedback will help us to better focus our websites and access to Pacific Data to address the needs of policy developers, planners, NGOs, civil society and development partners, as well as any other users.

This survey should take roughly 15 minutes to complete.

Each survey module will start off blue and turn green if you have completed all questions. At the end of each module there is a button taking you to the next module or you can use the navigation on the left-hand side.

Thank you very much for your time.

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Vanuatu 2016 Post Pam Mini Census report

Volume 1 of Mini - Census Report is out and covers mostly Basic tables, right down to Area Council level.  The information also includes, light, water, saniation, telecommunication, and many more areas.

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2016 Pacific Islands Population Poster

This poster provides updated population pyramids for all Pacific Island Countries and Territories, showing the age-sex profiles now and in the future. These distributions help countries to plan for service and infrastructure delivery.
Key demographic indicators, such as fertility, mortality and rates of growth in urban areas are also provided, allowing comparisons to be made across the region.

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SDD Newsletter - June 2017

SPC-ABS workshop on updating the weight reference period of the Consumer Price Index

Between 29 May and 1 June 2017, statisticians from Pacific Island countries and territories came together in Noumea, New Caledonia for a workshop on updating the weight reference period of the consumer price index (CPI). The workshop was organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and aimed at training price index compilers on the use of data from expenditure surveys and other sources to rebase their CPI.

Solomon Islands children suffer stunted growth from malnutrition

Poor nutritional intake by children resulting in stunting remains one of the top development challenges in the country. This was revealed during the double launching of the Solomon Islands national statistics development strategy (NSDS) report and the 2015 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) report in Honiara, where it was revealed that poor child nutrition resulting in stunting was alarmingly high in the country.

Short Films from the Vanuatu National Statistics Office

The Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) has released a series of short films comprising of stories with information from thematic areas collected during the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted in 2013. The thematic areas include reproductive health, fertility and family planning, child health, nutrition, HIV and Aids and Malaria.

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Solomon Islands DHS Main Report 2015

The first Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in the Solomon islands was completed in 2007 using standard DHS tools. This second DHS, which incorporated Child Labour and Child Discipline components of Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was conducted in 2015 with funding support from DFAT, Solomon Islands Government and UNICEF Pacific; and technical assistance provided by SPC with relevant training assistance from UNICEF.

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CRVS and Natural Disasters

SPC will be participating in the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico this week. Effective CRVS systems play an important role in assisting countries to adequately plan for and respond to disasters, and it is important that CRVS systems are resilient enough to continue functioning in the event of a natural disaster. Pacific countries have had first-hand experience with this recently in responding to cyclones Pam and Winston, and have identified the role of CRVS in disasters as a regional priority. The Pacific Civil Registrars Network, with support from BAG partners, will be holding a workshop later in Fiji later in the year to assist countries assess their resilience and plan how to strengthen their CRVS systems capacity to respond during a natural disaster. For more information on CRVS for disaster planning and response – check out the new fact sheet available here

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Road Related Deaths

This week is Global Road Safety Week. Road traffic accidents and injuries are an important cause of premature deaths in the Pacific Islands, but are often poorly recorded in our cause of death data. This week provides an important opportunity for governments and agencies in the Pacific to highlight not only the importance of reducing preventable traffic-related deaths, but also to evaluate how to improve our data collection to better monitor progress towards target 3.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

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SDD Newsletter - November 2016

Data Analysis training conducted by the SPC-EMIS team for the Solomon Islands Education Management Information System (SIEMIS) team, Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), 1–10 November

The MEHRD in Solomon Islands requested the SPC-EMIS team to provide technical assistance on the drafting of the 2015 Performance Assessment Report (PAR). A training was conducted in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 1–4 November with SIEMIS staff, as well as some staff of the Policy and Planning strategic management.

Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) meeting, 25–27 October

The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG), under the leadership of the Pacific Community (SPC), held their annual meeting on 25–27 October in Suva, Fiji. The purpose of the meeting was to review progress made with regards to implementation of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) over the past year, to identify and address emerging issues/priorities, and to plan for the next phase of implementation.

World Statistics Day, 20 October

On World Statistics Day, the EU-supported intra-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Pacific Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) took the opportunity to promote the updated and revised Agriculture and Forestry National Minimum Development Indicators (NMDIs). The NMDIs are housed on the Statistics for Development Division’s (SDD) Pacific Regional Information System (PRISM), and were established in 2010 in response to a request from the Heads of Planning and Statistics for a set of core indicators to help monitor development progress in the region.

Nauru Education Management Information System (Ron EMIS) workshop on use of education statistics to support planning and decision-making, 3–10 October

The Republic of Nauru (RON) Department of Education, in partnership with SPC, held a successful workshop from 3–10 October in Yaren, Nauru. The objective of the workshop was to review the Department of Education data collection and reporting systems and to rationalise the Republic of Nauru Education Management Information System (Ron EMIS) data collection tools.

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Data Analysis and Report Writing Workshop for Civil Registration Based Vital Statistics

Over the last 2 weeks of September, 18 participants from six countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands) participated in a data analysis and report writing workshop in Noumea. The workshop organized by the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) and led by the Pacific Community (SPC) with assistance from ESCAP and ABS also included a representative from the data use stream of the Data4Health project managed by Vital Strategies, who are also working with the Solomon Islands and PNG on their CRVS data.

The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of countries in the analysis and publication of vital statistics and improve the availability of these statistics; with a primary focus on civil registration based vital statistics. The course was structured to support national teams to analyze their own data to generate a draft national analysis report and indicators in line with international reporting commitments. This workshop was conducted in alignment with the 2016 priorities of the Pacific Vital statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) and the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS), both of which place emphasis on the need to: strengthen data analytical skills among data producers, and make better use of institution-based data. It was also designed to respond to priorities identified by member countries in national CRVS plans and raised at regional forums such as the Pacific Ministers of Health meeting.

This was third data analysis and report writing workshop conducted by BAG in the years (2014-2016), with all countries now having been offered at least one round of training. Participants were drawn from civil registration offices, the ministries of health and national statistics offices, with the emphasis on examining national datasets as a combined team.

The course was based upon material from a range of sources, in particular tools and materials developed by SPC, the World Health Organization, the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the United States Census Bureau, and Open courseware from John Hopkins University. The training covered topics including data sources, data cleaning and tabulation, coverage and completeness, births and fertility analysis, deaths and summary measures of mortality, cause of death patterns, and writing skills for reports.

All countries were able to produce a first draft of their vital statistics reports by the end of the training and we are looking forward to these being available over the next few months. BAG partners will continue to support participants and their national CRVS committees as they complete and ready their reports for publication.

SDD Newsletter - September 2016

18th Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Annual Conference - The 18th OCO Annual Conference was held in Funafuti, Tuvalu from 1 to 3 June 2016. Attending the conference on behalf of the Pacific Community (SPC) was economic statistician Nilima Lal, who mentioned customs records as the main and generally preferred data source for the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics.

Regional classification of occupations and jobs common in Pacific Island countries and territories just released - The Statistics for Development Division (SDD) of SPC has released the Pacific Standard Classification of Occupations 2016 (PACSCO 2016), which it has compiled in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. It has been derived from the International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008, the custodian of which is the International Labour Organization.

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Palau 2013/2014 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) gender profile

The SDD, the Palau Bureau of Budget and Planning and the Social Development Programme (SDP) Gender Statistics Advisor have supported the Palau Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs to produce a gender profile from the 2013/2014 HIES. The profile uses sex disaggregated HIES statistics to analyse differences, as well as similari¬ties, between Palauan women and men in terms of economic activity, wage and salary income, access to communications, and household (HH) income, expenditure and amenities. SDD and SDP will be supporting other Pacific island countries (PICs) to produce HIES gender profiles in 2016.

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Population Projections by Pacific Island Countries and Territories

The Pacific Community’s Statistics for Development Division has just released its updated mid-year 2016 population estimates, including national projections until 2050.
More detailed information, disaggregated by sex and age, is expected to become available soon.
For further information, please contact Arthur Jorari, Team Leader Statistical collections.

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Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Civil Registration (CR) is the compulsory, continuous, universal and permanent recording of vital events such as births and deaths. From these records, vital statistics (VS) on births, deaths, causes of death, fertility and mortality (and where migration data is also available – population estimates) can be produced for policy and planning. Where civil registration has a high level of both coverage and completeness, it is generally accepted to be the preferred source of vital statistics due to the ongoing and timely collection of data, and the ability to include cause of death information.

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SDD Newsletter - June 2016

Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Goals Indicator Availability Assessment – In March 2016, the United Nations Statistics Commission endorsed a final set of 230 indicators that countries will use to measure and report on progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated 169 development targets.

Palau 2013/2014 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) gender profile - The SDD, the Palau Bureau of Budget and Planning and the Social Development Programme (SDP) Gender Statistics Advisor have supported the Palau Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs to produce a gender profile from the 2013/2014 HIES.

Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics week in Thailand - May 2016 saw the organisation of the very first Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics (APES) week. The Economic statistics week aims to provide a regular forum where countries and development partners may present and discuss the development and implementation of products related to the core set of economic statistics as defined in the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics.

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Education Statistics Work Attachment, April 2016

A two week work attachment was recently conducted (18th-29th April) by the Pacific EMIS Facility, Statistics for Development Division in Noumea, New Caledonia in collaboration with representatives from the Pacific UNESCO Institute for Statistics and SPC’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme.

The purpose of the attachment was to increase knowledge and skills on the management, analysis and reporting of educational data, and to support the development of Educational Statistics Digests for 2015. Small and large island countries took part in the training, including representatives from Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Palau and Papua New Guinea.

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SDD Newsletter - March 2016

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the Pacific Islands – standards, best practice, and lessons learnt - Registrars, statisticians and health information specialists from across the Pacific gathered in Noumea, New Caledonia (in February 22–25), to share experiences and lessons on improving civil registration and vital statistics systems and data.

Tropical cyclone Winston - On the night of 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by tropical cyclone Winston. The category 5 cyclone was the strongest to ever hit Fiji, and one of the strongest in Pacific history. Sustained winds of 230 km per hour struck the north of Viti Levu and left a trail of destruction, directly impacting at least 40% (347,000 people) of the Fijian population living within 50 km of the eye of the cyclone. Initial damage estimates are already over half a billion US dollars.

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Pacific Small Islands Developing States - Statement at United Nations Statistical Commission

Statement of H.E. Ms. Marlene Moses

Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations

Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States

At the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission

New York, Monday 8th March, 2016

Mme. Chair,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the 12 Pacific Small Island Developing States. We associate with the statement delivered by the Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) and with the statement delivered by the Kingdom of Thailand on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

At the outset, we thank the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) for work to develop a global indicator framework. We recognize that the completion of this task on the timeframe set by the 2030 Agenda was a substantial challenge, and commend the Group for its work.

As regards to the development of data and indicators for the 2030 Agenda, we would like to make the following points:

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Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

The end of February will see the Pacific Community host a regional meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands focussing on standards, best practice and lessons learnt. The meeting is being held in partnership with Brisbane Accord Group Partners (with funding specifically from UNICEF, WHO and ESCAP) and the United Nations Statistics Division. The meeting will bring together participants from the Statistics, Health, and National Registry sectors and is an important opportunity for countries and partners to share experiences to date under the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan and to build on regional commitments to improving CRVS.

SDD Newsletter - December

The new look of the SDD website  - One of our goals this year was to refresh the SDD website. After initial discussions on what the new site should deliver, a site plan was developed to reflect the full range of work done within SDD, as well as the resources provided by SDD.

2020 round of censuses - A planning meeting for the 2020 round of population and housing censuses (the decade 2015-2024) in the Pacific was held in July 2015. Lessons learned in executing the 2010 round of censuses (the decade 2005-2014) were incorporated in planning for the 2020 round of censuses.

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SPC-PFTAC Workshop on quality adjustments and item substitution in the Consumer Price Index

Between 23 and 27 November 2015, statisticians from Pacific countries and territories came together in Nadi, Fiji for a workshop on quality adjustments and item substitution. The workshop was organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the IMF Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) and aimed to train price index compilers in the use of internationally recommended compilation methods in order to improve the accuracy and comparability of consumer price indices in the Pacific.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is among the most important statistics compiled by national statistical institutes. Together with economic growth, it is the most widely used statistics for monitoring economic development and in developing economic policy. It is an essential tool for countries’ residents to evaluate the evolution of the purchasing power of their income, and is often used for indexation purposes for various social benefits and contract.

Quality adjustment procedures can have a large impact on this important statistic. The workshop therefore aimed to train statisticians in the use of internationally recommended adjustment techniques and to provide them with the tools to choose the most appropriate method in various situations. Furthermore, because the application of some of the methods can be complex, statisticians were trained in the use of software designed to assist with the calculation of quality adjusted price indices.

The workshop’s aim is in line with the goals as specified in the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy and seeks to further harmonise the definitions, methods and classifications used in the Pacific. It builds on important prior work done in this area, such as the adoption and implementation of the Pacific COICOP classification. Adoption of recommended methods by statistician will lead to a marked improvement in the reliability and comparability of consumer price indices in the Pacific.

SPC and PFTAC would like to thank the attendants for their participations and their contributions to making the workshop a success.

SDD Newsletter - October

Introducing the 2015 pocket statistical summary and Vanuatu hybrid survey happiness fact sheet.

Our 2015 pocket statistical summary has arrived, providing a quick overview of statistics for the people and economies of the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) member countries. pdf2015_Pocket-Statistical-Summary.pdf72.39 KB

In 2010 Vanuatu became the first Pacific Island country to measure subjective well-being and happiness, in order to understand why Vanuatu – an impoverished ‘least developed country’ according to the United Nations definition – had been identified in at least two international assessments as the ‘happiest country in the world’.

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Pasifika Medical Association Conference in Port Vila

logoFrom September 29th to October 2nd the 18th Pasifika Medical Association conference was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu under the theme of ‘Culture, Community Healing, Primary Care & Workforce in the Pacific'

Christine Linhart (Social Statistician) from the Statistics for Development Division (SDD) attended the conference and made a presentation on behalf of the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) on strengthening cause of death certification in Pacific Island countries and territories through increased collaboration with medical doctors to understand the challenges and barriers they face undertaking certification of deaths.

A commitment to improving civil registration and vital statistics, of which certification of death is one part, has been made throughout the Pacific region through a range of international agreements, including the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP).

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Workshop on Network security and Web-based infrastructure

A week long workshop has recently been conducted (27th-31st August 2015) in Port Vila VANUATU with the technical support from the Secretariat of the South Pacific Community to drive the rollout of the Ministry of Education and Training’s OpenVEMIS initiative, supported by the Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP). This initiative, designed to improve quality and timeliness of data collected from schools across VANAUTU to support effective evidence based decision making.

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Guam CRVS Workshop on Data Analysis and Report Writing

In July 2015, north Pacific Countries, Territories and States came together in Guam to undertake 2 weeks of intensive training in data analysis and report writing for vital statistics. The course was attended by representatives from Health and Statistics offices from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia (including state representatives from Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Palau, and Republic of the Marshall Islands with teams working together at a state or national level. The training was run by SPC in collaboration with Brisbane Accord Group partners from the World Health Organisation and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with additional support from the Pacific Island Health Officers Association.  

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2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses Pacific Island countries’ census planning meeting

Pacific National Statisticians, Census Commissioners/Directors, in-country Census Data Users, as well as invited technical assistance providers, and development partners attended and participated in the 2020 Round Population and Housing Census Planning meeting being held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 27 July to 01 August 2015. More information is available on the Census 2020 website.

SDD Newsletter - August

Pacific Census Commissioners and Government Statisticians met at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) end of july for an important Pacific Community planning meeting concerning the 2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses.

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Vanuatu EMIS Training workshop

This year Vanuatu Education system has adopted the EMIS (Education Management Information System) system used by the Fijian Education System as a tool for collecting and storing Education statistical information, the Education system in Vanuatu has currently introduce the new Open VEMIS (Vanuatu Education Management Information System) system which is gradually planned to roll out the existing VEMIS system in 2018.

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