The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in collaboration with Statistics Korea, conducted a Regional Training Course on the System of National Accounts 2008 from 21st to 25th May 2012 at the Korea National Statistical Office, Daejeon, Republic of Korea. 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.
Thirteen participants, mostly middle-level national accounts statisticians, from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Singapore attended the course. Mr Aloke Kar, SIAP lecturer and Ms Chellam Palanyandy, lead professional (statistics and statistical capacity building) of the Asian Development Bank were the resource persons for the course.
Through lectures and discussions, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of basic definitions and concepts as well as the newly introduced concepts and recommendations made in the 2008 SNA, particularly those relating to the non-financial transactions. Through the course, SIAP equipped the participants with the knowledge needed to identify the additional data needs for implementation of the 2008 SNA and suggest areas for improving the quality and coverage of the national accounts statistics.
The course materials – lecture handouts, group discussion materials, pre-course reading materials and reference materials - were assessed positively by the participants. Almost all the materials were found to be ‘useful’ by all and ‘very useful’ by about a half of the participants. Majority assessed the course as pitched at the right level but over 60 % of the participants found the duration of the course too short.