Second Intermediate-level e-Learning Course on System of National Accounts

Sessions: 14 October - 20 December 2013 (10 weeks long)  
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Taught In: English
About the course

On the System of National Accounts (SNA), SIAP at present offers basic-level and intermediate-level courses for official statisticians of the ESCAP region. These courses consist of only distance learning component and are conducted entirely through the Internet. The basic level courses consist of mainly the basic concepts and definitions of the SNA and are designed to benefit those junior- and middle-level officials working in different fields of official statistics who were uninitiated in national accounts. The intermediate-level courses on the SNA, on the other hand, are meant for officials who are well conversant with the basic concepts of national accounts.
National accounts statistics is the most important set of economic statistics required for macroeconomic policy analysis for inclusive and sustainable development. The Regional Programme for Improvement of Economic Statistics in the Region envisages that the National Statistical Systems of the member States of the region would be able to implement the main recommendations of the 2008 SNA by 2020. Using such Internet-based guided e-learning course, SIAP envisages to reach a larger number and broader group of government officials/statisticians and equip them with the knowledge and skills required for compilation and use of national accounts.

Course Objectives

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.

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to help the participants acquire knowledge and skills to:
a) better understand the principles of compiling sequence of accounts at current and constant prices; and
b) identify the data needs for compiling the sequence of accounts.

Recommended Background

Target participants are junior- and middle-level government statisticians who perform tasks relating to compilation and use of national accounts or regional (sub-national) accounts and
• possess at least five years’ experience in compilation of national accounts and knowledge of basic concepts of the SNA or 
• have successfully completed one of the SIAP’s basic-level e-learning courses on the SNA or
• have taken one of SIAP’s Group Training Courses in Analysis, Interpretation and Use of Official (Economic) Statistics.