The ninth session of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) was held at SIAP premises in Chiba, Japan, on 19-20 November 2013. Seven of the nine members of the Governing Council, including SIAP’s host government, Japan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation attended the session. Representatives from 11 member and associate member States and 4 international organizations also attended the session as observers. Members unanimously elected Mr. Suryamin, Chief Statistician of BPS-Statistics Indonesia as chair.
The Council recommended that SIAP further strengthen its capacity to offer e-learning courses and continue to pursue ongoing initiatives to study the possibility of creating a collaborative open online course platform that engages partner training institutes, the academe and statistics development partners in developing and delivering statistical training.
Noting the call for a data revolution in light of expected increased demand for statistics in monitoring the post-2015 development agenda, the Council advised SIAP to look into the appropriateness and possibility of expanding its training activities to cover new and emerging topics.
The Governing Council reiterated its recommendations for increasing contributions to SIAP and decided to issue another letter to member States.
The Council endorsed the programme of work and financial plan proposed by SIAP for 2014. The Council recognized that it is essential to finalize the 2015-2019 SIAP Strategic Plan by the end of July 2014 and endorsed the proposed guiding structure and timeline for completion of the plan.
Bearing in mind that SIAP is the training coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan to Implement the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, the Council recommended that SIAP includes agriculture and rural statistics as a focus area in the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.