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.
This course brings together 25 participants from 15 countries, namely: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Lao P.D.R., Lesotho, Micronesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Syria and Tanzania.
PDOS-3 will run until 21 December 2012. The course consists of three modules. Module I covers statistical methods and software, survey methodologies, including all stages of statistical survey from planning to dissemination, and sample design. Module II covers national accounts and economic statistics including the 2008 SNA, business surveys, consumer price indexes and household income and expenditure survey. Module III covers demographic and social statistics including population census, vital statistics, health and education statistics, labor force statistics and MDG indicators.
The programme features project-based training, where a model survey is planned and conducted by participants. This provides practical experience in being part of a survey team and applying the knowledge and skills learned in the course. A field study trip to a Japanese local statistical office and observation of respondent families of the Japanese Family Income and Expenditure Survey, and other field visits are also an integral part of the PDOS-3. The aim is to deepen their understanding of Japanese economy, society and culture.