11 countries from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and North Asia successfully completed the first NSDS Training Course in the Asian Region. From 9-12 December 2014 in Chiba, Japan, PARIS21 in collaboration with the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) organized the training course attended by senior- and middle-level statisticians from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The training course was part of PARIS21’s continued support to developing countries in strengthening their capacity to strategically plan for their statistical development, to assist national statistical systems to better respond to increased demand for data in Post-2015, and to proactively respond to the global call for a data revolution. The training aims to provide tools to aid countries in the coordination of their national statistical system and in designing and implementing the NSDS. It was an opportunity to discuss specific country concerns for consideration in the NSDS design and a venue for south-south learning through sharing of country practices and experiences in NSDS design and implementation. It was also the first regional training to launch the NSDS Data Annex – a module to help in planning data collection operations and estimate field operation costs. The output provides an indispensable information and support documentation on the estimated budget needed to implement statistical operations that would generate indicators identified in the national development plan.
The regional NSDS training course is based on the NSDS 2.0 Guidelines launched by PARIS21 in April 2014. It provides countries with a more user-friendly way of designing and implementing the NSDS. The updated guidelines is in response to emerging national and global developments ten years after its first launch and is adapted taking into consideration the changing context of development, new statistical norms and standards, and new financial instruments available for funding statistics development. The new guidelines focus on a number of specific issues, leading to a restating of the basic principles along with new concerns.
A similar NSDS training course will be conducted in the Pacific region on 19-22 January 2015 in collaboration with the Secretariat for the Pacific Community in Noumea, New Caledonia.