Fourth ESCAP Project Support Meeting on Economic Statistics and Workshop on Informal Sector Statistics

13 Nov 2017 to 15 Nov 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

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The implementation of the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics (RPES) in Asia and the Pacific is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), including with technical assistance focused on South and South-East Asia.

The objective of the support is to increase the availability of high quality economic statistics and improve the capacity of national statistical systems to produce quality economic statistics. At the country level, this objective is pursued through in-depth institutional reviews and customized technical assistance.

Three project support meetings have been held so far with participation by the project countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. The meetings have benefited from the participation of representatives from Japan, the Russian Federation, DFID, SIDA, the Asian Development Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Statistics Division.

The project support meetings are focused on exchanging experiences and ideas among project countries to facilitate project implementation.

The meetings also serve to identify and address common issues in need of further development and support. Issues identified during the first three meetings include; improvement of statistical legislation, reviews of economic statistics programmes, statistical business registers, use of administrative statistics and informal sector statistics.

During the third project support meeting, demand was expressed for technical support on informal sector statistics. As such the Fourth Project support meeting will include two days training on informal sector statistics; including relevant data sources and the incorporation of the informal sector in the national accounts. The training will benefit from presentations by project countries on current practises related to informal sector data sources and their use in national accounts compilation.

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