Two-month Course in Application of Information Management and Related ICT for Official Statistics Starts
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 course brings together government officials from statistical offices as well as from ministries of communication and information technology, justice, education and immigration and population from ESCAP member and associate member States of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cook Islands, Georgia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam and the African countries of Ethiopia and Rwanda.
ICTM-3 is a two month training programme designed to improve knowledge and skills for the timely processing of census and survey data and improving the quality and management practices of statistical datasets for effective use and dissemination. The main subjects of the course include: information architecture of national statistical systems, data capture and processing, statistical databases, data dissemination and micro data access, and data analysis techniques. The course also demonstrates the use of various statistical softwares, including CSPRO STATA, Microdata Management Toolkit, MS Access and DevInfo. Under the supervision of SIAP faculty members, participants will apply their newly acquired and improved knowledge and skills to design and develop a data processing system for a household survey.
The programme also aims to enhance appreciation of Japanese society and culture and understanding of the Japanese statistical system and includes field study trips to a local government statistical office and a retail shop that is a sample outlet for data collection of the Japanese Retail Price Survey.
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