Sixth Regional Course on Statistical Quality Management and Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics: Towards Implementation of National Quality Assurance Frameworks, 30 September-4 October 2013, Quezon City
As a follow up to the fifth course and in response to the demand for more technical assistance in nationalizing and implementing the g-NQAF in countries of the region, SIAP is organizing the sixth Regional Course on Statistical Quality Management and Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, in Quezon City, Philippines during 30 September to 4 October 2013, to focus on “implementation of national quality assurance frameworks”. The training course is intended to bring together senior level managers of agencies comprising the national statistical systems (NSS) that have specific plans to assess the existing quality framework in their statistical system and/or develop their own framework within next two years. The course will be organized in collaboration with Statistical Research and Training Centre (SRTC) of the Philippines.
|Expert Group Meeting on MDG-consistent Macroeconomic Modeling for Planning in South Asia, 1-2 October 2013, Kathmandu |
In line with the ESCAP mandate to increase national capacities for macroeconomic planning, resilience and inclusive development, ESCAP-SSWA is partnering with the SAARC Secretariat and the National Planning Commission of the Government of Nepal to hold an Expert Group Meeting on the development and application of MDG-consistent macroeconomic models for national planning in South Asia. The Meeting will be held on 1 and 2 October 2013, at Hotel Everest, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Given the use of macroeconomic models for the purpose of planning and the interlinkages between national development plans and internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, the EGM will highlight the value of incorporating such goals into development models to facilitate targeting and the monitoring of progress towards development targets. Among other objectives, the EGM will aim to improve knowledge-sharing and good practices, drawing from existing initiatives such as the Nepal’s MDG-consistent macroeconomic model developed by the National Planning Commission and examine cross-cutting challenges for the development and application of such models to planning and assessment strategies.
Prior to the above EGM, a one-day Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation, Inclusive Development and Nepal’s LDC Graduation Strategy will be held on 30th September at Kathmandu. The Policy Dialogue is organized by ESCAP-SSWA, the National Planning Commission of the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Economic Association.
|The Fifth Meeting of the Working Group on the Asian Highway, and Asian Highway Investment Forum, 7-9 October 2013, Bangkok
The Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network provides a framework for the coordinated development of the international highways in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Agreement entered into force on 4 July 2005, and so far has been signed by 30 member States, of which 29 have become Parties. In accordance with the terms of the Agreement, a Working Group on the Asian Highway was established. The fifth session of the Working Group will be organized on 7-8 October 2013, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand to consider the implementation of the Agreement and any amendments proposed by Parties to the Agreement. The Working Group also provides a platform for member States to discuss technical and institutional issues in improving the quality of the Asian Highway network and increase the efficiency of its operation as well as policies and issues relating to international road transport.
The Fifth Meeting of the Working Group on the Asian Highway will be held back-to-back with the Asian Highway Investment Forum on 8-9 October 2013, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum is being organized in collaboration with the Korea Expressway Corporation with the objectives of: (i) facilitating dialogue among member States, donors and the private sector; (ii) creating awareness of and showcasing investment opportunities in highway projects in member States; and (iii) promoting investment and discussing various ways and means of mobilizing financial and technical resources for the priority projects along the Asian Highway.
Representatives from ESCAP member States, international and bilateral financing institutions, donors, international and subregional organizations and the private sector have been invited to participate in both events.
UNNExT Masterclass 2013: Implementing Single Window and Paperless Trade, 7-18 October 2013, Cheon-an, Republic of Korea
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and World Customs Organization (WCO), with the support of the Korea Customs Service and United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT), is organizing the UNNExT Masterclass 2013: Implementing Single Window and Paperless Trade
on 7 – 18 October 2013 in Cheon-an, Republic of Korea. The Masterclass aims to build the capacity of Governments to simplify trade procedures and implement paperless trade systems, including single window facilities. More than 20 officials, mostly from Customs, from 12 countries in the Region will have an opportunity to enhance their capacity to implement paperless trade systems with a two-week intensive training. The Masterclass is organized in cooperation with several UN agencies and development partners, including United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Asian Development Bank, GIZ and World Bank. More information is available at:
|Training Course on Improving Statistical Capability in compiling National Accounts for International Comparison: Basics of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA), 7 October-6 November 2013, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
As a part of the ESCAP’s Project “Promoting Regional and Economic Cooperation in North East Asia with Particular focus on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)”, the SIAP and the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC) of Government of the Philippines will organise a training course on Improving Statistical Capability in Compiling National Accounts for International Comparison: Basics of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) for the officials of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during 7th October to 6th November. The training course would involve activities to strengthen the capacity of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) officials and professionals to make effective contributions in the development of a statistical base for assessing socio-economic progress, especially those pertaining to national accounts and economic statistics. The training programme aims to enhance the capacity of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) statisticians for producing national accounts and economic statistics in accordance with international concepts and standards. Through this training, it is expected that the officials and statisticians of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will have better knowledge on the statistical standards, frameworks, methods and data sources in producing and compiling national accounts statistics following the 2008 SNA framework.
|Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research and Analysis, 7-11 October 2013, Dhaka
Responding to a request to help build local capacity for trade related research, this workshop will focus on developing research skills of researchers and policy-makers of Bangladesh for effective trade-policy analysis. It is organized in collaboration with the WTO and Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (an ARTneT institutional member), by Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) and ESCAP from 7 to 11 October, Dhaka. The workshop will cover essential approaches to trade analysis including analyzing trade flows and quantifying impacts of trade policies. Core trade models such as the gravity model will be introduced and analytical software packages will be presented through hands on training sessions.
|Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region - A Workshop for Senior Policy Makers and Managers, 8-10 October 2013, Bangkok
The workshop is co-convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) along with several other partners. The workshop aims to assist countries in the Asia Pacific region to understand how environmental change can be incorporated into national accounts, particularly by implementing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA).
The workshop brings together senior representatives from government agencies using information on the environment for policy formulation, senior managers from national statistical offices and environmental ministries, and researchers interested in monitoring the welfare implications of environmental changes from several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It seeks to facilitate sharing of information and cooperation among countries in support of the SEEA implementation strategy in the region. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to evaluate how environmental goods and services can be valued in order to account for changes in ecosystems. Updates on major ongoing policy initiatives in this area, such as the work on the Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) and the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) will be provided.
|ESCAP and partners to hold 2013 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, 9-10 October 2013, Bangkok
Experts from government and young people with disabilities from 20 countries in Asia-Pacific will meet in Bangkok at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC). The event, which will be held from 9 to 10 October at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), will focus on strategies for strengthening IT skills of youth with disabilities as a critical requirement for enhancing their access to information and communication services on an equal basis with others.
The event is organized by ESCAP in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea, LG Corporation and the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (KSRPD).
It will contribute to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, and in particular its Goal 3 on enhancing access to knowledge, information and communication.sessions.
|Consultative Meeting of Champions and Promoters of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, 9-10 October 2013, Bangkok
Champions and Promoters of the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, will meet at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 9 and 10 October to review a roadmap to promote the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The roadmap will provide a framework to support the achievement of the 10 goals of the Incheon Strategy.
Expert Group Meeting on Conservation and Rehabilitation of Habitats for Key Migratory Birds in North-East Asia, 10-11 October 2013, Incheon
NEASPEC will organize an inception meeting for a new project “Conservation and Rehabilitation of Habitats for Key Migratory Birds in North-East Asia,” which directly supports the Nature Conservation Strategy, adopted by the 12th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in 2007. The Strategy identified the flagship species of North-East Asia, including three species of feline animals (Snow Leopard, Amur Leopard and Amur Tiger) and three species of migratory birds, namely, the Whitenaped Crane, the Hooded Crane and the Black-faced Spoonbill.
After several years of developing and highlighting the importance of follow-up activities on the migratory birds species, this meeting will bring together national experts and other stakeholders to review subregional and national challenges related to the conservation of the migratory bird species and their habitats, as well as to develop an implementation plan for the project components including joint survey and study, capacity building on habitat management, strategy for habitat conservation and rehabilitation, and awareness raising on habitat conservation.
|Sixth Regional Workshop on Changes in 2008 SNA, 14-18 October 2013, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) will organise the “Sixth Regional Course on the 2008 SNA” from 14 to 18 October 2013 in collaboration with the Statistics Korea (KOSTAT), Government of the Republic of Korea. The workshop will be conducted at the Statistical Training Institute (STI) in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Sixteen senior- and middle-level government statisticians – five from the Republic of Korea and 11 from 10 other member States of the region – are expected to participate in the course. The course will focus on the newly introduced concepts and recommendations, mainly relating to treatment of multi-national enterprises, external transactions and financial transactions, of the 2008 SNA.
Second Intermediate-level e-Learning Course on 2008 System of National Accounts: Integrated Transaction Accounts, 14 October-20 December 2013, Chiba, Japan
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) is going to conduct the Second Intermediate-level e-Learning Course on System of National Accounts, during 14 October – 20 December 2013 (10 weeks). This is a guided distance learning course, and will be the fifth e-learning course on the SNA conducted by the SIAP.
The first three were basic-level courses meant to provide an overview of the 2008 SNA for the junior-level government statisticians. The fourth course and the present course is designed for the junior- and middle-level officials with prior knowledge of the basic concepts of the SNA, particularly for those who have successfully completed one of the three basic-level e-learning courses on the SNA conducted by the SIAP.
With the general goal of strengthening the capacity of national statistical offices in compilation of national accounts (according to the 2008 SNA), the Second Intermediate-Level e-Learning Course on the System of National Accounts is designed to provide, in particular, a detailed description and underlying principles of the structure and content of the integrated sequence of transaction accounts of the SNA. The course is designed to help the participants acquire knowledge and skills to better understand the principles of compiling sequence of accounts and identify the data needs for compiling the sequence of transaction accounts.
|International Workshop on Entrepreneurship in Socially Responsible Business Development in Asia and the Pacific and Young Business Leaders Programme, 16-18 October 2013, Ahmedabad, India
An “International Workshop on Entrepreneurship in Socially Responsible Business Development in Asia and the Pacific" is being held on 16-18 October 2013 in Ahmedabad, India. The workshop is being jointly organized by ESCAP, the ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC), and the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), with sponsorship from the Industrial Development Bank of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India.
The aim of the Workshop is to share regional experiences in promotion of social responsible business, assess facilitating and hindering factors to the growth of socially responsible business, sensitize the private sector on socially responsible business models, assess capacity building needs of the sector, and develop an action plan for the promotion of socially responsible business. The event is intended to result in a declaration as input to a strategy on promoting Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship.
Simultaneously, a Young Business Leaders Programme is being held, which will seek to promote the values of socially responsible business and encourage the establishment of social business. The programme aims to result in the improved strategy formulating skills for young business leaders to promote socially responsible businesses and practices for sustainable development.
The events are expected to be attended by approximately 70 participants from the region, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Philippines.
|9th Session of the Technical Committee of CSAM, 17-18 October 2013, Bhopal, India
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Government of India, will host the 9th Session of the Technical Committee of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) in Bhopal, India, on 17-18 October 2013.
The 9th TC of CSAM will review the draft Terms of Reference of the Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) and its work plan, the Centre’s proposed key project activities for funding for 2014-2016, and its work report in 2013 and work plan for 2014. A field trip will also be organized by the ICAR. The meeting will bring together 20-30 participants from countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as representatives from relevant UN agencies and international organizations.
|Interregional Expert Group Meeting on the Social Protection Toolbox: Good Practices for Enhancing and Expanding Coverage, 17-18 October 2013, Bangkok
ESCAP will convene an Expert Group Meeting on 17 and 18 October to review the newly developed "Social Protection Toolbox". The Toolbox is an on-line platform that provides support to policymakers and stakeholders for moving toward broader and more robust social protection systems.
The Meeting will bring together social protection experts from Government, civil society, academia, the UN system and concerned international organizations from Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Asia and Africa.
|Fourth Basic-level e-Learning Course on 2008 System of National Accounts: Integrated Transaction Accounts, 21 October-20 December 2013, Chiba, Japan
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) is going to conduct the Fourth Basic-level e-Learning Course on System of National Accounts, during 21 October – 20 December 2013 (9 weeks). This is a guided distance learning course and is meant to provide an overview of the 2008 SNA for the junior-level government statisticians.
The main objective of the course was to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in compilation of national accounts. It is designed to provide the participants with an understanding of the basic concepts and an overview of the framework of the System of National Accounts (2008 SNA) that serves as an overarching framework of economic statistics. The course covers basic concepts and definitions of the SNA; basics of the macroeconomics framework; the sequence of national accounts; and the main SNA identities.
The course is designed for junior-level government statisticians engaged in national accounts compilation or using economic statistics or performing tasks relating to compilation of national accounts. It is also expected to benefit other officials uninitiated in the SNA. Those with long experiences in compiling national accounts are also expected to find the course useful for updating their knowledge on the 2008 SNA.
|The Regional Forum on APTA Preferential Trade Data and Issue of Electronic APTA Certificate of Origin, 22-24 October 2013, Incheon
The Regional Forum on Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) Preferential Trade Data and Issue of Electronic APTA Certificate of Origin will be held from 22-24 October 2013 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Forum is organized in collaboration with the Customs Office of the Republic of Korea and it will consist of nine sessions that cover the following key objectives:
1. To discuss the practices in the APTA Participating States about their present mechanism of capturing the preferential trade data and to explore the possibility of cooperation among the concerned agencies for sharing their best practices;
2. To create awareness on launching and updating of the APTA database related to the fourth round of tariff concessions negotiation results, the margin of preference (MOP) beyond the MFN rate, and non-tariff measures (NTMs) imposed by the Participating States of APTA;
3. To discuss the issuance of the electronic certificate of origin (e-CoO) under APTA so as to reduce the transaction cost and to promote the paperless trade, and to explore the possibility of regional cooperation among the concerned agencies of the APTA Participating States for sharing lessons learned and best practices on the issue of e-CoO.
Representatives from the focal point ministries of the current Participating States of APTA (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea, and Sri Lanka) plus Mongolia are expected to participate in this Forum and present their current practices in capturing preferential trade data and the issuance of e-CoOs. The Regional Forum will be followed by the forty-second (42nd) session of the APTA Standing Committee from 25-26 October 2013 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
|Meeting of the International Jury for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific, 25 October 2013, Bangkok
An independent international Jury will meet on 25 October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to select the winners of the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Jury will select a winner in each of the three Award categories - multinational enterprise, national or subnational enterprise and entrepreneurial business. The winner of the entrepreneurial category will receive a cash prize of up to US $100,000 to further expand their existing initiative. The ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia-Pacific recognizes businesses that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services and/or are innovative in their approach to disability inclusiveness. The award is open to enterprises based and operating in any of the 58 countries and territories of the ESCAP region.
|42nd Session of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) Standing Committee, 25-26 October 2013, Incheon
The ESCAP Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) is organizing the 42nd session of the APTA Standing Committee from 25-26 October 2013 at the ESCAP SRO-ENEA premises in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This Standing Committee session is preceded by the Regional Forum on APTA Preferential Trade Data and Issue of Electronic APTA Certificate of Origin that will be held from 22-24 October 2013 at the same venue. The Committee will consolidate progress made towards South-South regional trade cooperation and integration by in-depth discussion, consultation and negotiations on pertinent/salient issues such as: Concluding the fourth round negotiations on tariff concessions; Reaching an agreement on the supplementary criteria for rules of origin under APTA; Finalizing Mongolia’s formal accession to the Agreement; and Drafting of a Ministerial Declaration to be adopted at the fourth session of the APTA Ministerial Council in Bangkok in early 2014. The APTA is a unique regional trade agreement whose membership is open to all developing member States of ESCAP.
|Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific will be held on 26-27 October 2013, Qingdao, China
The Forum is co-organized by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) and the organizers of the China International Agricultural Machinery Exhibition (CIAME) 2013, with the support of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO-RAP) and relevant Chinese ministries.
The objective of the Forum is to gather key stakeholders including representatives from international organizations and Asian-Pacific countries for policy discussions and knowledge sharing on good practices on sustainable agricultural mechanization and how to exert its full potential for improving food security and farmers’ livelihoods in the region. The elaboration of the Forum will focus, inter alia, on the role of public-private partnership in the sustainable development of agricultural mechanization.
|Regional Training on Producing Register-based Population Statistics in Developing Countries, Face-to-Face Module: 27-31 October 2013, Tehran
Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) will organize the face-to-face (F2F) module of a blended [e-learning followed by F2F] regional training on “Producing Register-based Population Statistics in Developing Countries” during 27-31 October 2013 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. The regional course, organized jointly by SIAP and UNFPA, in collaboration with Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI), Government of Islamic Republic of Iran, aims to improve practical knowledge and skills of official statisticians in producing register-based population statistics. The e-learning module provided basic information and statistical background essential for understanding the rationale, objectives and preconditions for producing register-based population statistics and F2F module will focus on fundamental steps in establishing a register-based statistical system and statistical methods for producing register-based population statistics.
|Third Technical Workshop on Afghanistan’s Accession to the WTO, 28-29 October 2013, New Delhi
As Afghanistan is undergoing intensified market access negotiations and conducting legislative reforms to meet the WTO rules and regulations – further to the country’s application for WTO membership in 2004 – the technical capacity of public and private stakeholders to foster communication and develop balanced positions needs to be continuously enhanced. To this effect, ESCAP-SSWA and the Geneva-based International Trade Center have initiated a joint programme to strengthen the negotiating capacity of Afghanistan’s official and deepen their understanding of highly technical multicultural trade discipline under the WTO.
Based on the positive feedback received from two previous workshops, ESCAP-SSWA and ITC are organizing a third technical workshop on 28 and 29 October 2013 at the ESCAP-SSWA Conference Hall sin New Delhi. The topics covered will include WTO agreements in agriculture, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade and trade remedies, with a particular focus given to import regulations and internal policies affecting the trade in goods. It will cover 20 participants from the government and private sector stakeholders.
|Regional Training Course on Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air, 28 October-1 November 2013, Yangon
As a measure to enhance capacity of the logistics industries in the least developed countries in the region, ESCAP together with the Myanmar International Freight Forwarders' Association (MIFFA) is organizing a training course on carriage of dangerous goods by air in Yangon, Myanmar, on 28 October - 1 November 2013. The course is aimed at shippers, shipper's agents and freight forwarders, and will cover topics such as classification of dangerous goods, packing requirements, correct marking and labelling, and the preparation of documentation. The course will provide the participants with the necessary skills to be competent to prepare dangerous goods for carriage by air, and will promote safety and security in transport in the region.
|Policy Analysis Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security, 28 October-1 November 2013, Bangkok
The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) in collaboration with the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), both of ESCAP, and the Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand are jointly organizing a Policy Analysis Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security from 28 October to 1 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The course intends to strengthen the understanding of policymakers and researchers in member States on challenges facing the global food and agricultural system and enhance capacity to formulate and carry out focused analyses and studies required for decision-making purposes to achieve sustainable agriculture and support food security and poverty reduction targets.
Funding for this event has been provided through the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan of the Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and Rural Statistics (RAP-GS).
|Third Meeting of the Steering Group for the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics, 29-31 October 2013, Bangkok
|Third Meeting of the Steering Group for the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics
will take place on 29-31 October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. This event is of great importance, as the deliberations at this meeting will determine the direction that the implementation of the Regional Programme for Economic Statistics will take in Asia and the Pacific.
The objectives of the meeting are threefold:
(i) To ensure that all Steering Group members are familiar with the main elements of the Regional Programme, the Core Set of Economic Statistics, the implementation plan and the Terms of Reference of the Steering Group;
(ii) To have a comprehensive overview of the capacity gaps and capacity building initiatives on economic statistics in Asia and the Pacific; and
(iii) To agree on the next steps of Regional Programme implementation, the work programme, modalities and the division of labour for the Steering Group.
In the different sessions of the meeting, the Steering Group members and resource persons from international organizations will share information on (i) capacity gaps and resources to produce and disseminate improved economic statistics in Asia and the Pacific and (ii) ongoing and future international/national capacity building initiatives on economic statistics, including training activities in the region. As a result of the meeting, the participants are expected to have agreed on a concrete work programme for the Steering Group as well as specific areas of focus and capacity building activities to be pursued within the framework of the Regional Programme.
|ESCAP-Government of Myanmar 4th Development Partnership Forum: Strengthening public-private partnerships for regional connectivity, 30 October 2013, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ESCAP and the Government of Myanmar have jointly organised a series of Development Partnership Forums in Myanmar since 2009 to provide a platform for regional and national experts and officials from the Government of Myanmar to exchange views and share their experiences about different development challenges.
Riding on the successful implementation of previous sessions of the Forum, the 4th Development Partnership Forum will be held on 30 October 2013 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, with the theme of “Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships for Regional Connectivity”. The impetus for this year’s theme is partially attributable to the Government’s effort “to help create an environment where the private sector plays a key role”, as noted in the Government’s “Framework for Economic and Social Reforms”.
The Forum will discuss development oriented forward-looking macroeconomic policies, particularly policies which contribute to creating an enabling environment for private sector involvement and growth, as well as the benefits of regional connectivity for the private sector in Myanmar, particularly in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community. Experts from other countries in the region have been invited to share their experiences in economic and social transition processes, allowing the Government to draw on valuable lessons from the region.
The Infosys-ESCAP Information Technology Programme for the Youth of Myanmar, as a part of the Presidential Initiatives for Myanmar’s Young Entrepreneurs in the Information Technology (IT) Industry, will also be launched at the Forum. This Programme, with the support of the Government of India, aims to build the capacity of young IT professionals and entrepreneurs to enhance their skills and employability in global IT industries.
|25th Annual Consultation Meeting on the Korea-ESCAP Cooperation Fund, 30 October 2013, Bangkok
The 25th Annual Consultation Meeting on the Korea-ESCAP Cooperation Fund (KECF) will be held on 30 October 2013 in Bangkok. The annual meeting has traditionally been held between the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ESCAP, but was extended last year to include other major Korean donors such as the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
Regular multi-donor consultation serves as an effective platform to review the Korea-ESCAP partnership in areas of common interests and the results achieved through the implementation of ongoing projects. It also provides an opportunity to discuss new cooperation areas and projects. This annual meeting follows the donor relations mission to the Republic of Korea (ROK) undertaken by the Programme Planning and Partnerships Division in July 2013. ESCAP is currently working with 14 ROK donor agencies in areas such as environment and green growth, transport, disability, information and communication technology, statistics, trade facilitation, and promotion of regional and economic cooperation in North-East Asia, with a particular focus on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
|The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) Meeting, 30-31 October 2013, Seoul
The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) Meeting will be jointly organized by the Korean Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) and the UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office on 30 and 31 October 2013 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The Meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), the Asia Carbon Footprint Seminar, the International Green Finance Seminar, and the ECO-EXPO KOREA 2013. On the first day, participants will attend the plenary session of the SCP Conference and the Asia Carbon Footprint Seminar. On the second day, participants will attend either the International Green Finance Seminar or the ECO-EXPO KOREA 2013 in the morning and the first ACFN meeting in the afternoon.
ESCAP-ENEA Office and KEITI have jointly facilitated dialogues among agencies and experts in East Asia on the current status of carbon labeling programmes and potential areas of cooperation by holding seminars and workshops in 2011 and 2012 in Seoul. In particular, the workshop in 2012 came to a general consensus on launching the Asia Carbon Footprint Network and its overall objectives and activities. The first ACFN meeting on the second day will serve as an important occasion for the members and associate members of the ACFN to discuss and to decide specific programmes and operational modality of the Network.
|APCICT develops resources to enhances ICT for Development Capacity of Youth in Asia and the Pacific
In October, the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT/ESCAP) will release three new issues of the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth (Primer Series), resources designed to strengthen ICT for Development (ICTD) capacity of youth in Asia and the Pacific.
The latest Primer Series issues build on the foundational ICTD framework offered in the inaugural publication titled “Primer 1: An Introduction to ICT for Development”. While the first issue provided background information on ICT for socio-economic development introducing the linkages between ICTs and development, the upcoming three issues delve into specific topics in ICTD.
The second issue of the Primer Series focuses on “Project Management and ICTD”, and provides fundamental concepts and tools in managing ICT for development projects. It refers to the framework and case study examples from Primer 1 and includes new cases to highlight the use of project management concepts and tools. Issue 3, titled “ICT for Disaster Risk Management”, aims to foster a better understanding of how ICTs can be applied effectively in disaster risk management (DRM) while providing case studies of ICT applications in all components of DRM. The fourth issue, titled “ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth”, introduces basic concepts of ICTs and their role in responding to climate change, while also providing various case studies on ICT applications in climate change adaptations and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Launched in 2012 as part of the ‘Turning Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Programme, the Primer Series aims to help educators fill the cap in ICTD coverage in universities. Since its launch, the Primer Series has been rolled out in 15 countries and sub-regions in Asia and the Pacific, and it is available in 5 languages.
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