Sixth Regional Workshop on Changes in 2008 SNA

14 – 18 October 2013, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP-ESCAP), in collaboration with the Statistics Korea (KOSTAT), organised the “Sixth Regional Course on the 2008 SNA” from 14 to 18 October 2013 in the Statistical Training Institute (STI) in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Sixteen senior- and middle-level government statisticians – five from the Republic of Korea and eleven from ten other member States of the region – are expected to participate in the course. The course will focus on the newly introduced concepts and recommendations, mainly relating to treatment of multi-national enterprises, external transactions and financial transactions, of the 2008 SNA.
The main objectives of the course was to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA and to review the current compilation practices for purposes of improving the quality and coverage of national accounts statistics of the respective countries. Specifically, the workshop provided a comprehensive view of the changes made in the 2008 SNA and was focussed on the newly introduced concepts and recommendations, mainly relating to treatment of multi-national enterprises, external transactions and financial transactions, of the 2008 SNA.
Sixteen senior- and middle-level government statisticians – five from the Republic of Korea and eleven from ten other member States of the region –participated in the course. Overseas participants were from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Islamic Republic of Iran, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Mr Aloke Kar, SIAP lecturer was the resource persons for the course.
The course was conducted through lectures and discussions. In addition, a pre-course reading material containing an overview of the SNA was sent to the participants before the start of the course. 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 over 60% of the participants. Majority assessed the course as pitched at the right level but over 55 % of the participants found the duration of the course too short.