The ninth session of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) was held at SIAP premises in Chiba, Japan, on 19-20 November 2013. Seven of the nine members of the Governing Council, including SIAP’s host government, Japan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation attended the session. Representatives from 11 member and associate member States and 4 international organizations also attended the session as observers. Members unanimously elected Mr. Suryamin, Chief Statistician of BPS-Statistics Indonesia as chair.
As a part of the ESCAP’s Project “Promoting Regional and Economic Cooperation in North East Asia with Particular focus on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)”, the SIAP and the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC) of Government of the Philippines organised a training course on Improving Statistical Capability in Compiling National Accounts for International Comparison: Basics of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) for the officials of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during 7th October to 6th November. The training course involved activities to strengthen the capacity of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) officials and professionals to make effective contributions in the development of a statistical base for assessing socio-economic progress, especially those pertaining to national accounts and economic statistics.
The objective of the capacity building workshop is to support the ESCAP Member States to identify policy priorities to achieve agricultural production targets that are also environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. This course intends to strengthen the understanding of policy makers and researchers on challenges facing the global food and agricultural system and their analytical capacity to formulate and carrying out focused analyses and studies required for decision-making purposes to achieve sustainable agriculture and support food security and poverty reduction targets.
Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) organized the face-to-face (F2F) module of a blended [e-learning followed by F2F] regional training on “Producing Register-based Population Statistics in Developing Countries” during 27-31 October 2013 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. The regional course was organized jointly by SIAP and UNFPA, in collaboration with Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI) and support from Statistics Norway. The e-learning module provided basic information and statistical background essential for understanding the rationale, objectives and preconditions for producing register-based population statistics while F2F module focused on fundamental steps in establishing a register-based statistical system and statistical methods for producing register-based population statistics.
The main objectives of the course was to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA and to review the current compilation practices for purposes of improving the quality and coverage of national accounts statistics of the respective countries. Specifically, the workshop provided a comprehensive view of the changes made in the 2008 SNA and was focused on the newly introduced concepts and recommendations, mainly relating to treatment of multi-national enterprises, external transactions and financial transactions, of the 2008 SNA.
The Sixth Regional Workshop on Statistical Quality Management and Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics was conducted by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) from 30 September to 4 October 2013 in Quezon City, Philippines in collaboration with the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Center and the United Nations Statistics Division. With the theme “Towards Implementation of National Quality Assurance Frameworks”, the sixth workshop continues the discussions on national quality assurance frameworks (NQAFs) started at the fifth version of this series of workshops.
With the general goal of strengthening the capacity of national statistical offices in compilation of Environmental and Economic Accounts (according to 2012 SEEA), the First Sub-regional Course on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting is designed to equip the participants with the underlying concepts, definitions, classifications, and accounting rules of the SEEA Central Framework. It will also provide a detailed description of how, as an accounting system, the SEEA enables the organisation of information on physical and monetary flows and stock of assets into tables and accounts in an integrated and conceptually coherent way.
The main objectives of the training workshop are to: (i) enhance knowledge and skills of official statisticians in Myanmar statistical system, involved in the process of census taking, to develop the census tabulation plan following international principles and recommendations; (ii) improve skills of producers and users of census data to conduct thematic analysis for sectoral policy making and monitoring development goals by using population and housing census data; and (iii) facilitate user-producer dialogue among different stakeholders in order to produce and effectively communicate relevant statistics from census data.
The workshop is the second in a series of regional training-of-trainers workshops that are part of the capacity building strategy of the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (RAP). The RAP is the implementation plan of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics1 that aims to assist national statistical systems meet the emerging data needs and at the same time to arrest the erosion of quality and quantity of agricultural and rural statistics. The workshop focuses on practices and issues in applying sampling methods for collecting data on agricultural statistics.
The objective of the policy analysis workshop is to offer an opportunity for officials of ministries of agriculture and their affiliated institutions in ESCAP Member States to learn about policies that are likely to contribute to the agricultural sustainability, poverty reduction and food security and apply them in their country contexts using real-world data sets.
The main objective of the training was to enhance skills of official statisticians and planners/policy makers in using population and housing census data in support of planning and policymaking on issues that affect youth.
The main objectives of this training activity is to: (i) enhance skills of junior statisticians at CSO in applying basic analytical software for processing and analysing micro-data from household surveys; (ii) increase knowledge of junior statisticians at CSO on basic statistical methods for producing, analyzing and disseminating official statistics; and (iii) enhance skills of participants in disseminating and effectively communicating social statistics with users and in particular policy makers.