Twenty-six junior-to-middle level government statisticians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Lao P.D.R., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Viet Nam completed the Third Group Training Programme on Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators (ICPOS-3) Chiba, Japan, 17 August – 18 December 2015.
The four-month residential course enhanced the knowledge and skills of participants to produce data, apply statistical methods to produce official statistics and indicators and interpret and use these for monitoring progress in achieving national development goals, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Participants applied the acquired knowledge and skills on designing, managing and implementing a sample survey project and presenting and disseminating their results.
At the closing ceremony of the course, Ms. Margarita F. Guerrero, Director of SIAP; Mr. Hirofumi Hoshi, Deputy Director General of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo International Center; and Mr. Tomomi Tamaki, Representative of Asian Development Bank Japanese Representative Office delivered congratulatory messages. Mr. Takayuki Sasajima, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; Mr. Hiroyuki Nagasawa, Senior Coordinator of Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Dr. Katsumi Hirano, Executive Vice-President, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization also gave congratulatory messages.
The course was conducted by SIAP, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of the government of Japan and the Asian Development Bank.