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Training Workshop on ICP National Accounts Minimize

A Training Workshop on International Comparison Program (ICP) National Accounts will be jointly organized by the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Bank ICP Global Office. The Seminar will take place in the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in UNECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16-20 May 2011. It will be conducted in English.

The ICP is a worldwide statistical initiative to collect comparative price data and estimate purchasing power parities (PPPs) of the world’s principle economies. Given that the National Accounts (NA) are critical inputs into the overall outcomes of the ICP, one of the aims in the ICP 2011 round is to improve the quality of the National Accounts data in order to ensure the overall quality of the ICP.

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the technical capacity of the staff members of the ACS of the UNECA and the National Accounts Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) of the Government of Ethiopia and to prepare for ECA to actively participate and contribute to the ICP program especially in the ICP-Africa 2011 round in African countries and to technically assist MOFED to resolve problems and difficulties encountered in the area of ICP National Accounts.

The major objectives of the Workshop are the following:

·         To sensitize the importance of National Accounts in the ICP Programme through discussion of the role of GDP in ICP and the reporting forms for the 2011 ICP.

·         To exchange the latest development, technical requirements, and good practical procedure of ICP National Accounts in both compilation and application.

·         To identify the priority and major problems for ICP-Africa 2011 and training needs of member countries, and to design the focus areas of national accounts workshops in the region.

·         To enhance knowledge and skills of practical methods of splitting GDP, forecasting/estimating GDP in compliance with the SNA requirements, and to ensure consistency between data collected in the ICP surveys and estimated GDP expenditure values.

·         To explore a possible development of a module in the National Accounts software ERETES for ICP use and to apply the software in African countries to facilitate the ICP-Africa 2011 Programme.

The resource persons of the workshop will be topnotch experts drawn from the World Bank ICP Global Office and partner agencies.