Eleventh Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Office in Asia and the Pacific

[21-22 November 2013, Tokyo, Japan ]

The Statistical Institute for Asia and Pacific (SIAP) held the Eleventh Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Office in Asia and the Pacific on 21 & 22 November 2013 at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, in collaboration with the Statistics Division of ESCAP, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and PARIS 21, with support from the Government of Japan. This seminar conveyed the urgent message that leadership matters in positioning statistics as a development imperative in the context of the on-going processes on formulating the post-2015 development agenda. Through presentations and discussions of the seminar, all participants shared the message and they were encouraged to accelerate preparedness of heads of national statistical offices to lead official statistical systems into the post-2015 era.
Around 60 participants, including 33 participants from National Statistical Offices of 21member States, 5 participants from international organizations (FAO, UNFPA, UNSD, ADB and PARIS21), one governmental agency (JICA), 11 observers and secretariat (ESCAP-SD, SIAP), attended the seminar.
The seminar focused on the following four themes.
Theme I: Perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda: the why, what and how
Theme II: What does a data revolution mean and how do I lead it?
Sub-theme II-1: hasn’t the data revolution already started? Innovations in response to the MDG monitoring process
Sub-theme II-2: What would a data revolution look like in the context of the post-2015 development agenda? Perspectives on leading a data revolution in a national statistical system and at the regional level
Theme III: Positioning statistics as a development imperative
Theme IV: Turing challenges to opportunities for statistics development
The seminar included debates between participants on “Statistics development is a goal in its own right. Or is it?” and “What would a data revolution look like in the context of the post-2015 development aenda?”. Through the debates and preparatory small group workshops, participants recognized that a well- functioning and well-resourced official statistical system is essential for government accountability and an effective official statistical system should be included as a target in its own right.