The opening ceremony of the the core phase of the “First Group Training Course in Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators” (ICPOS-1) was held at SIAP premises in Chiba, Japan on 20 August 2013. Ms. Margarita F. Guerrero, Director of SIAP; Mr. Hisanao Noda, Deputy Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo International Center; and Mr. Seiji Takata, Director for International Statistical Affairs, Office of 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 is designed for junior- to middle- level government statisticians who have been working at least 5 years in national statistical offices or government offices engaged in statistical work. For the course, 13 participants from nine countries, namely: Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Viet Nam are brought together.
ICPOS-1 will run until 20 December. This course covers basic theories and skills for production of MDG-related official statistics including economic statistics, environment statistics and population and social statistics. Under the guidance of the course training team, participants acquire knowledge and improve their skills through a mix of lectures, participant presentations, group work, hands-on exercises and field visits.
The core phase was preceded by the Preparatory e-Learning Course on Basic Statistics, which was conducted from 15 July to 30 August 2013. The objective of the e-learning course was to ensure that participants of ICPOS-1 were equipped with knowledge and skills on basic statistical concepts and methods necessary for progressing through the course.