Regional Training Course (Advanced) on the 2008 System of National Accounts

11 - 15 September 2012, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SIAP), in collaboration with the Statistics Korea and the Bank of Korea, conducted a Regional Training Course on the System of National Accounts 2008 from 11th to 15th May 2012 at the Training Institute of the Bank, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Besides the SIAP faculty, resource persons for the course would be drawn from UNSD, ESCAP and Bank of Korea. The main objective of the course was to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA. The course mainly focused on the newly introduced concepts and recommendations, mainly relating to treatment of multi-national enterprises, external transactions and financial transactions, of the 2008 SNA. In addition, the course also provided a brief overview of the new features of the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts 2012. A total of 17 participants – 8 from Republic of Korea and 9 from other member countries – attended the training course. From Korea, there were 3 participants from its National Statistical Office and 5 from the Bank of Korea. The other 9 participants were selected by SIAP from among the nomination forms received from different member countries. They were from: China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Mongolia, Singapore and Vietnam. However, the participants from Vietnam could not complete the course as she had to leave early. Most of the participants were middle- or senior-level government statisticians with long experience in compilation of national accounts. These included officials directing or actually compiling national accounts or regional (sub-national) accounts, who could benefit from getting a better understanding of the concepts of the 2008 SNA. The discussions and the issues raised by the participants indicate that all the participants could gain a fairly comprehensive understanding of the newly introduced concepts and recommendations made in the 2008 SNA. The course is expected to have equipped the participants with the ability to identify the additional data needs for implementation of the 2008 SNA. In spite of the experience of the participants, about a half of them found the course at an advanced level. The course materials – lecture handouts, group discussion materials, pre-course reading materials and reference materials - were assessed positively by the participants. All the materials were found to be ‘very useful’ by a majority (73%) of the participants, the rest finding them ‘useful’. But, more 50 % of the participants found the duration of the course too short.