Thirteen junior/ middle level statisticians from eight countries (Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Viet Nam) participated in the First Group Training Course in Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators, Chiba, Japan, 19 August – 20 December 2013. The course was conducted by SIAP, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) of the government of Japan.
This four-month residential course enhanced the knowledge and skills of participants in collection and processing of data and production and use of basic official statistics and indicators. This course covered 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 acquired knowledge and improved their skills through a mix of lectures, participant presentations, group work, hands-on exercises and field visits. Participants undertook a group project work on planning and simulating a demonstration sample survey. The project work gave the participants an opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills on concepts and standards, statistical and survey methods and use of statistical software for processing, summarizing and analysing survey data.
With the objective of extending the benefits of individual training to their respective institutions, each participant committed to an action plan for sharing knowledge and experience gained from the course, such as through training, to be implemented upon return to their home offices.
18 resource persons mainly from the government of Japan, UNESCO and ESCAP-SD were involved in the delivery of the course.