News[2024]

21 February 2024 | online

Webinar on the Management of Statistics Capacity Building in the Pacific

Pacific Community (SPC) has started an initiative to explore and identify the unmet needs for statistics in the Pacific region and undertook the region-wise comprehensive needs assessment. This needs assessment work will contribute to the development of the regional Capacity Development Framework, which is aimed to identify the needs and the appropriate capacity development modalities at three levels: system, institutional/organisational, and individual - more information can be found in a working paper aimed to highlight main features of the framework. The webinar is aimed at streamlining the statistical capacity development in the Pacific by making informed decisions and identifying systemic areas to focus on in the coming years. 

05 to 15 February 2024, Chiba , Japan

Training Workshop on Compiling Energy and Air Emission Accounts

The Statistics Department (STA) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is implementing the “Environment and Climate Change Statistics Capacity Development Program”, supported by the State Economic Cooperation (SECO). The program is oriented towards assisting beneficiary countries in the development and dissemination of indicators most relevant to their policy needs. Accordingly, technical assistance will focus on developing one or two indicators that reflect the most urgent data needs of the targeted countries; and encompass the use of internationally agreed methodology or testing methodology underdevelopment. The program will build capacity in the project countries to compile select indicators through the organization of workshops, trainings, and targeted hands-on technical assistance.

23 January and 25 January 2024 | online |

Webinars on Macroeconomic Statistics Framework

Macroeconomic accounts provide comprehensive and detailed records of the complex economic activities taking place within an economy, and of the interactions between different economic agents, and groups of agents, in markets or elsewhere. As such, harmonization and consistency of the accounting framework allow economic data to be compiled and presented in a format that supports economic analysis, and policy decision making. This webinar series will provide the participants with a clear understanding of the importance of macroeconomic statistics and its components to an economy, whilst focusing on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic and financial statistics. This webinar will also enable the participants to have a comprehensive appreciation of the statistical linkages within the macroeconomic statistics framework.

27 November 2023 – 19 January 2024 | online |

Machine Learning for Official Statistics and SDG Indicators

This 8-week course developed by SIAP in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) introduces machine learning as a tool for using either traditional (surveys, micro data, …) or non-traditional (big data) data sources to produce high quality predictions for Official Statistics or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators. It provides an opportunity for participants to explore and manipulate the techniques of Machine Learning and their links with traditional statistical methods. The 6 modules (+1 module with recalls/prerequisites) aim at providing an overview of the current methods and applications of Machine Learning, through simplified theoretical concepts, pedagogical case studies and interactive resources. The course is not based, nor does it require, a particular software. However, reproducible examples on either simulated or real data are provided using the R/RStudio environment. Some Python procedures and packages are also provided.