Volume 16, No.06 - June 2012

Capacity development

Census software for more accessible data

‘CensusInfo’ is a central theme of UN DESA’s Statistics Division’s upcoming National Workshop from 25-29 June held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

CensusInfo is a platform for disseminating census data at various geographical levels. The workshop organized jointly by UN DESA’s Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics, will develop the national CensusInfo application with accompanying databases and customized features.

Fifteen professionals from the NIS will take part in the workshop which constitutes just one part of a broader series of national training workshops developed by UNSD. The workshop series is intended to build capacity and to put in place national CensusInfo applications for dissemination of population and housing census statistics using new technologies.

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Best practice on data dissemination

From 20-22 June, the Philippines will host a workshop dedicated to data dissemination and communication.

The workshop, part of a global series on the topic, has been organized under the broader umbrella of United Nations Development Account projects. This 3-days event will include discussions surrounding emerging trends overall, emerging trends in data exchange and data hubbing, strategies for web-based data dissemination, integrating statistical and geospatial information, the challenges associated with promoting data dissemination and lastly, emerging user needs and requirements.

The workshop will provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences, provide a basis for assessing existing strategies and technologies used by national statistical offices and review innovative approaches and technological tools used to disseminate data.

Best practice shared through the course of the workshop, alongside ideas and recommendations generated through discussions will contribute towards the drafting of a technical report and/or the creation of a knowledge base on the United Nations Statistics Division’s website.

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Boost of statistical systems in Arab countries

A Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics, will take place 12-14 June 2012 in Amman, Jordan.

International statistical comparisons depend heavily upon a solid foundation of reliable, high-quality, trades statistics. The upcoming Seminar provides an important opportunity to share best practices and build the capacity of national statistical systems in Arab countries.

The regional seminar, a close collaboration between UN DESA’s Statistics Division (UNSD), the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Department of Statistics of Jordan, the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), will feature an opening statement and a roundtable discussion on future developments of international trade statistics. 

It is expected the seminar will focus on the compilation of statistics surrounding international trade in services, and on linking trade and enterprise statistics in view of an increasing globalization of production of goods and services.

Lessons learned from the regional workshop on international trade in services statistics held in January 2011 will also be discussed alongside quality assurance and institutional arrangements and dissemination of statistics. For more information:

Presentation of Singapore’s e-government strategy

On 27 April, the UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) had a presentation on Singapore’s e-government.

A presentation on Singapore’s e-government and e-governance strategy for the development highlighted Singapore’s new coordination structure among government agencies in order to promote the whole of government approach and the citizen centric service delivery. This presentation was made by the Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) of Singapore and his delegation of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).  The participants learned how government engages other stakeholders including private sector, civil society and citizens at large for better coordination for the seamless services to meet citizen’s needs most effectively. 

Singapore ranked 10th in the e-government development index of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2012, and 2nd in e-participation index.