DESA News Vol. 13, No. 06 June 2009

Capacity development

Water accounts for Latin America

Technical workshop on the preparation of water accounts will be hosted by ECLAC from 1-4 June in Santiago

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), is conducting a technical workshop to assist countries with the implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water).

The workshop has a practical focus and will provide countries with the necessary training to implement the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water). The workshop will cover the SEEA-Water standard tables, how they are compiled, and global implementation of the SEEA-Water. Participating countries will share experiences in implementing the SEEA-Water, compile SEEA-Water Standard tables using national data and develop a plan for the implementation of the SEEA-Water in participating countries.

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Manufacturing statistics

Comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region will be the focus of a workshop from 1-4 June in Santiago

This workshop, organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), continues the programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region. Building on topics discussed at previously held workshops, this proposed workshop will in particular focus on the conduct of manufacturing surveys, including the planning and management of surveys, sampling issues, questionnaire design and data collection issues, as well as specific methods and techniques used for capturing small and household units.

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Latest technologies in knowledge transfer

Regional workshop will be hosted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics in Dhaka from 15-18 June to establish an IT network

The workshop, organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is part of DESA’s Development Account project for strengthening of statistical capacity of countries of South Asia. One of the objectives of the project is to establish an IT network, which will aim to provide a forum for technical dialogue among countries in the region for promotion of knowledge management in the form of common platforms for data and metadata exchange and the sharing of information on methodologies and statistical analysis.

Within the SAARC Secretariat context it is expected that decisions will be taken on the modalities of the common platforms, including a concept paper for the design and organization of the community website with interactive technology (electronic forum, wiki, etc).

This workshop will give an overview of the latest technologies in knowledge transfer; it will discuss traditional knowledge bases and web forums, as well as usage of social networking in knowledge sharing. Data dissemination and data exchange technologies, such as SDMX, will be treated also.

One of the outcomes of this Regional Workshop should relate to the practical bottlenecks at individual country level, which may prevent the community website from becoming actively used. In that regard countries will be invited to make presentation on their statistical systems and their practices in communication, data sharing and data dissemination.

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Challenges and good practices for tourism statistics

Meeting in Vientiane, Laos from 16-19 June, the objective of this workshop is to train representatives on methodological development of tourism statistics

The workshop will be attended by representatives from national statistical offices, national tourism authorities and central banks from South East Asian countries and review the current country-practices in compiling tourism statistics. The training will focus on both the interpretation of conceptual issues and options for the implementation of the international recommendations in country specific circumstances and facilitate the establishment of a network of statisticians in the South East Asian countries working on tourism statistics.

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National accounts for SADC countries

Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16-19 June to increase statistical capacity building in the region

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics of Namibia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are organizing a workshop on National Accounts for SADC countries.

The workshop is part of the efforts of the Statistics Division to increase statistical capacity building in the region and as such relates to the framework of the project “Strengthening statistical capacity building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the Southern African Development Community region”.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss National Accounts issues brought about by the update of the System of National Accounts and main challenges faced by SADC countries on national accounts issues such as, the timeliness and reliability of source data, benchmarking and rebasing, volume measures and back casting in view of the update of the SNA and ISIC. It is foreseen that these discussions would contribute to a regional strategy to harmonize data collection, compilation and revision policies, and quality standards to extend the scope and detail of the national accounts in the region.

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