Second Group Training Course in Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators (ICPOS-2)

[18 August – 19 December 2014, Chiba, Japan]

Eighteen junior-to-middle level government statisticians from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Islamic Republic of Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Viet Nam started their 4-month training on improving capability in producing official statistics relating to MDG indicators yesterday at SIAP.

On hand to welcome and address them at the opening ceremony of the course were Ms. Margarita F. Guerrero, Director of SIAP; Mr. Hisanao Noda, Deputy Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo International Center; and Mr. Osamu Taya, Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Standards, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Mr. Masami Tamura, Director of Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan and Mr. Tadayuki Nagashima, Executive Vice-President, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization also delivered welcome messages.

This course covers basic theories and skills for production and communication of MDG-related official statistics and monitoring indicators. Under the guidance of the course training team, participants acquire knowledge and improve their skills through a mix of lectures, participant presentations and group discussions, working-with-data sessions, and field visits. Trainees also obtain exposure to the data and methods of Japan’s statistical system. As a key feature of the learning strategy of the course, participants design, manage and implement a sample survey project and present and disseminate their results.

This course is conducted by SIAP, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).