Statistical Leadership Training, Chiba, Japan, 14-15 February 2017

National statistical offices (NSOs) are front and centre following the adoption of Agenda 2030.  These offices face increased expectations to ensure a harmonised data ecosystem and to lead in the monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within this arduous statistical landscape, PARIS21 recognises the need for the renewed attention to capacity development within NSOs, in particular relating to the leadership skills of Chief Statisticians to embrace and rise up to new data challenges.

In collaboration with the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), PARIS21 organised the Statistical Leadership Training for Heads of NSOs in Asia in Chiba, Japan from 14-15 February 2017. Seven new Heads and Deputy Heads of NSOs participated in this joint training, facilitated by the Center for Creative Leadership. The training is aimed at strengthening the leadership skills of new heads of NSOs in the Asian region and also acting as a venue for sharing experiences and challenges in leading and managing a statistical office and national statistical system.

The Statistical Leadership Training programme provided the top officials with tools that unlocked their potential to be effective in their leadership roles within the organisation as well as strengthen their skills in managing various processes.  At the end of the training, participants were able to creatively use and apply the leadership tools they’ve learned to model a programme/goal they designed. Each of these goals addressed a specific concern within their own organisation.

The statistical leadership training in Asia is the 4th course organised by PARIS21. The previous training courses were held in 2015 for countries in the Horn of Africa and in 2016 for countries in Western Africa and the Southern African Development Community. To date, 38 countries from Africa and Asia benefitted from the leadership training.

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