The increased need for agricultural statistics go well beyond the traditional farm level data about production to data to monitor its essential roles in food security, sustaining the environment, and poverty. New data requirements are also emerging to understand how population growth, demand for natural resources, competing use of food crops, and the effects of extreme weather and climate change affect foods security, poverty, and well-being.
With the view to strengthen technical capacity to contribute to the efforts in improving civil registration and vital statistics systems, the workshop aims to increase the knowledge and to improve skills of government statisticians in compiling and processing vital data, preparing statistical tables on vital statistics and assessing the quality of vital statistics, following internationally recommended principles and standards.
The SIAP-JICA course was conducted jointly by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) with a view to strengthening the capability for producing statistics for monitoring and assessing social and economic progress in developing countries.
With the general goal of strengthening the capacity of national statistical offices in compilation of national accounts (according to 2008 SNA), this is designed to provide, in particular, a detailed description and underlying principles of the structure and content of the integrated sequence of accounts of the SNA, in terms of nominal and real measures of the constituent macro-economic aggregates.
The proposed e-learning course is the fourth in the series of SIAP’s basic-level e-learning courses on the SNA. The proposed course, the Fourth Basic-Level e-Learning Course on the System of National Accounts is planned to be conducted during 21 October – 20 December 2013. This course will be conducted utilizing the distance training system developed by Tokushima University, a national university in Japan.
The annual management seminar series aims to strengthen the leadership and management capabilities of the heads of national statistical offices (NSOs) by providing a forum to discuss, to exchange views and to share experiences among heads of NSOs. The current seminar conveys the urgent message that leadership matters in positioning statistics as a development imperative in the context of the on-going processes on formulating the post-2015 development agenda. The seminar aims to accelerate preparedness of heads of national statistical offices to lead official statistical systems into the post-2015 era.
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.
The opening ceremony of the the core phase of the “First Group Training Course in Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators” (ICPOS-1) was held at SIAP premises in Chiba, Japan on 20 August 2013. Ms. Margarita F. Guerrero, Director of SIAP; Mr. Hisanao Noda, Deputy Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo International Center; and Mr. Seiji Takata, Director for International Statistical Affairs, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) welcomed the participants. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan and Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) also joined the ceremony to welcome the course participants.
The workshop aims to assist countries in the process of identifying, prioritizing and producing a country-specific minimum set of core data items by strengthening their capacity to provide training to users and producers. Specifically, the workshop will provide a comprehensive view of the underlying rationale of the minimum set of core data items spelled out in the Global Strategy; explain and discuss the concepts and definitions of the core items and the associated data; discuss training strategies useful for identifying country-specific core data items; and facilitate the development of a training syllabus for conducting training on determining priorities for core data items in their respective countries.
The main objective of the training is to enhance skills of official statisticians and planners/policy makers in using population and housing census data in support of national and sub-national planning and policymaking on issues that affect youth. Specifically, the training aims to: • increase understanding of the use of census data for producing and analysing statistics on the youth population; • improve skills in applying tools for extracting and organizing needed information from census data relevant to youth issues; and • improve skills in analysis of census data and effectively communicating the results for national and sub-national planning and policymaking purposes.
The regional course aims 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 e-learning phase will provide basic information and statistical background essential for understanding the rationale and objectives for collecting, processing and analysing census and related statistical data.
The objective of this e-learning course on Basic Statistics is to ensure that participants of ICPOS-1 are equipped with knowledge and skills on basic statistical concepts and methods necessary for progressing through the course.
Representatives of national statistical training institutes, academic institutions and international agencies participating in the Fifth Workshop on Forging Partnerships in Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific: Making e-Learning Work for Us , recommended establishing a collaborative partnership of statistical training providers for effective delivery of e-learning courses on official statistics through a network of platforms under the umbrella of a central portal. The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, government of Japan, organized the workshop held in Chiba, Japan from 24-26 June 2013.
Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in collaboration with Tokushima University of Japan, will conduct the “First Intermediate-level E-Learning Course on System of National Accounts”, from 3 June to 9 August 2013. The course is designed as an internet-based self-learning training, with online guidance provided by a SIAP faculty member and is offered at no cost to participants.
The Fifth Regional Workshop on Changes in 2008 SNA was conducted from 22 to 26 April 2013 in Greater Noida, India in collaboration with the National Academy of Statistical Administration (NASA) of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems 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.
A regional Workshop on Improving the Integration of a Gender Perspective into Official Statistics was held from 16 to 19 April 2013 in Chiba, Japan. The workshop was organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of the Government of Japan. The main objectives of the workshop was to strengthen capacity of national statisticians to improve the integration of a gender perspective into official statistics.
Nineteen (19) middle level government statisticians from 13 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Lao PDR, Mozambique, Myanmar, Philippines, Senegal, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tonga, and Vietnam) successfully completed the Third Group Training Course on Analysis, Interpretation and Use of Official Statistics (Economic Statistics) conducted by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) from 21 January to 22 March 2013. The course was conducted in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) of the Government of Japan.