The Regional Workshop on Measuring the Informal Sector and Non-observed Economy will be held by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), from 4 to 7 October 2015 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI), Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The training workshop is a further step in supporting countries develop effective techniques to accurately measure the size of their economies. It builds on a similar training course jointly undertaken by ECO, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the SCI. This training course also supports prevailing national, regional and international programmes to improve coverage and exhaustiveness of economic statistics to inform evidence based decision making.
The course is designed to enhance the capacity of participating organizations to: a) provide new knowledge about definition, concepts, scope and classification of informal Sector (non-observed economy); and b) discuss methods for identifying and estimation of value added for the informal and non-observed economic activities.
Target participants of the course are middle-to senior- level statisticians compiling national accounts in national statistical agencies who have comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical framework of national accounts at least at the level of the SIAP Intermediate-Level e-Learning Course on SNA 2008.
Participants from all of ECO Member States are expected to participate in the workshop.