The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SIAP), in collaboration with the Tokushima University, is going to conduct a two-month e-Learning Course on the System of National Accounts 2008 from 15 November 2012. This is an internet-based guided learning course, conducted utilizing the distance training system developed by Tokushima University, a national university in Japan. The main objective of the course is to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in compilation of national accounts. The course provides an overview of the 2008 SNA and is designed for junior-level government statisticians engaged in national accounts compilation and use of economic statistics or performing tasks relating to compilation of national accounts. It is also expected to benefit other government official uninitiated in the SNA. Those with long experiences in compiling national accounts may also find the course useful for updating their knowledge on the 2008 SNA.
As part of the multi-year collaboration between UNFPA and SIAP on a series of regional and sub-regional workshops on utilizing census data as well as related data sources in the planning cycle, a regional training workshop was conducted in Chiba, Japan.
The course was to strengthen capacity in gender statistics through achieving better understanding of and learning from the Japanese system related to the production, dissemination, analysis and utilization of sex-disaggregate data. SIAP Director Margarita Guerrero facilitated discussions on international frameworks for gender statistics, core gender statistics and indicators and methodologies for collecting and compiling time-use statistics and statistics on VAW. The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) organized the course in collaboration with UNFPA China and UNICEF China.
For six officials (Statistical College, Institute of Statistical Science, Department of Human Resources, Department of Foreign Statistics and International Cooperation and Binh Dinh Statistics office) of the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) enhanced their skills in developing training plans, programmes and curricula on official statistics.
The Fifth Regional Workshop on Statistical Quality Management and Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics was conducted jointly by the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) and the ESCAP Statistics Division, from 30 September to 3 October 2012, in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, in collaboration with the Statistical Centre of Iran. This series of regional courses/workshops on statistical quality management has been conducted since 2005 and the theme of the fifth workshop is “National Quality Assurance Frameworks”. The regional workshop will bring together senior or middle-level managers of national statistical organizations in Asia and the Pacific who have existing quality frameworks and who wish to review these through the lens of the generic national quality assurance framework (NQAF) template endorsed by the 43rd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2012. It may be of interest also to managers of statistical organizations who wish to implement an NQAF.
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in collaboration with the ESCAP Statistics Division (ESCAP-SD) and the Department of National Planning (DNP), Government of Maldives, conducted a Country Training Workshop on Introduction to STATA Software for Data Analysis from 12-20 September 2012. The DNP and SIAP consider the training of officials of the statistical offices in the Government of Maldives on STATA software for survey data analysis of utmost importance for strengthening the statistical capability of the country
The Regional Training Course (Advanced) on the 2008 System of National Accounts was conducted from 11 to 15 September 2012 in Incheon, Republic of Korea in collaboration with the Bank of Korea (BOK). The objective of the course is to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA and reviewing the current compilation practices for improving the quality and coverage of national accounts statistics of the respective countries.
Improving accuracy and timeliness of vital statistics demands better coordination and stronger collaboration among statistical agencies, ministries of health and civil registration authorities. This is especially needed for improving completeness of death registrations and recording causes of death. These issues were discussed at the Regional Workshop on Production and Use of Vital Statistics by 15 participants from 12 countries, mainly statisticians working in the areas of vital statistics compilation from registration records and estimating key vital statistics from population censuses and change surveys and demographic and health surveys.
The opening ceremony of the Third Group Training Course in Production and Development of Official Statistics in support for National Development including the Achievement of MDGs (PDOS-3) was held at SIAP premises in Chiba, Japan on 21 August 2012. Ms. Margarita F. Guerrero, Director of SIAP; Mr. Nobuhiko Hanazato, Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo International Center; and Mr. Takao Itou, 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.
Participants attending the just concluded Sub-regional Training Workshop on the 2010 Population and Housing Census Data Analysis for Planners set targets and identified specific steps that they would take to increase the use of census data in the development planning process of their countries. The planning officials, official statisticians, UNFPA programme officers and undergraduate students in official statistics from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga called for more dialogue between statisticians and planners in setting targets, identifying relevant indicators for monitoring progress in achieving development goals and using census data for situation analyses and measuring progress.
The “e-Learning Course on Introduction to System of National Accounts (2008 SNA)” was conducted from 1 August to 30 September 2012 in collaboration with Tokushima University of Japan. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the 2008 SNA as a framework for macroeconomic statistics. This course is designed for junior-level government statisticians and prior knowledge of SNA is not required. Those with long experiences in compiling national accounts may also find the course useful for updating their knowledge on the 2008 SNA. A maximum number of 50 participants from the national statistical offices and related ministries in the ESCAP region will be accepted for the course.
Thirty-two data dissemination and communication experts from statistical offices of 26 countries shared experiences and practices on emerging trends and strategies in web-based data dissemination, data exchange, data hubbing, and integrating statistical and geospatial information from 20-22 June in Manila, Philippines at a regional workshop organized by the United Nations Statistics Division and the Philippine National Statistical Coordination Board (PNSCB).
Thirty (30) census statisticians and IT specialists from 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific participated in a regional training workshop on the use of the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit in documenting and archiving population census data. The PARIS21 Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific organised the training which was designed to expose participants to relevant international standards and tools for census microdata documentation and archiving, initiate the documentation of one of the latest population censuses, by each country, and discuss strategic and technical issues relating to microdata dissemination.
The Third Group Training Course in Application of Information Management and Related ICT for Official Statistics (ICTM-3) started on 21 May with 20 training participants from 11 countries attending the opening ceremony at SIAP premises in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan. Mr. Shuichi Watanabe, Deputy Director of SIAP; Mr Hisanao Noda, Deputy Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo International Center; and Mr Takao Itou, Director General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) welcomed the participants.
The regional training course conducted from 21 to 25 May 2012 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea in collaboration with Statistics Korea (KOSTAT). The main objective of the course was to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA and reviewing the current compilation practices for improving the quality and coverage of national accounts statistics of the respective countries.
The SIAP workshop was conducted in collaboration with UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office and Australian Bureau of Statistics. As a result of the workshop, participants are expected to have: (a) better understanding on the data requirements of policy makers to address the changing socio-economic conditions in their countries; and (b) increased awareness on the requirements of building organizational capability in enhancing visibility, accessibility and use of census data.
SIAP in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted the 2-month course in Analysis, Interpretation and Use of Official Statistics (Social Statistics). In total, 25 middle-level government statisticians from 15 countries.
The course was jointly conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and SIAP. Eight government officials – seven from national statistical systems and one from the finance ministry with sufficient working experience in compilation or use of economic statistics from 3 countries.