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.