DESA News Vol. 13, No. 07 July 2009

Capacity development

National accounts for South Asian countries

Workshop in New Delhi from 6-9 July will be organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Central Statistical Organization of India

The workshop is part of the Statistics Division efforts to strengthen 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 countries of South Asia.”

The purpose of the workshop is to have an interactive discussion on the methodology for compiling Quarterly National Accounts following production approach and related 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 System of National Accounts (SNA) and the revision of International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC). It is foreseen that workshop discussions will also contribute to a regional strategy to harmonize data collection, compilation and revision policies, quality standards and the extension of the scope and detail of the quarterly national accounts in the region.

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Survey to help build capacity for LDCs

The Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has sent out a survey to bilateral development partners on aid flows and development cooperation policies related to least developed country (LDC) status. The survey was prepared with the assistance of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and in consultation with the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

The results of the survey will contribute to the overall objective of the Development Account project on capacity-building for LDCs and also serve as an important input into the comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action for LDCs for the decade 2001-2010.

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New ICT network for Arab States

Launch of network on 18 June in Damascus will promote exchange of experience and serve as a venue for channeling input from the Arab region to the global ICT for Development policy-making bodies

DESA’s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies and Development (GAID) recently launched a network of information and communications technology (ICT) policy makers, business leaders and experts from Arab countries to assist the region in using ICT to implement the international development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The Regional Arab Network will be the Arabic focal point for GAID.

The Regional Arab Network will be coordinated by a Steering Group composed of active and committed regional representatives. Some of their responsibilities include facilitating and creating platforms for better coordination and enhanced cooperation amongst existing programs and initiatives, promoting awareness and advocacy campaigns on regional ICT for development initiatives at the global and regional levels, with the support of the GAID Secretariat and networks, and promoting the objectives of GAID through outreach with governments, business leaders, civil society, academic institutions and technology communities.

The launch of the network comes at the end of a three-day meeting of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The meeting is a follow-up on the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society or WSIS. The gathering considered the Regional Plan of Action for building the Information Society in Western Asia, the Arab ICT Strategy and other national strategies and plans of action.

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