SESRIC participated in the “Ninth Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in Asia and the Pacific” which was organised by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) and the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the SIAP on 31 August – 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.
The subject of the Ninth Seminar was "Developing Professional Capability for National Statistical Systems". The heads of the NSOs from 30 countries and representatives of 5 international organisations such as UNSD and IMF participated in the Seminar.
During the programme of the Seminar, the invited speakers and representatives of the NSOs made presentations in four sessions titled as follows: “Paving New Direction in Official Statistics: The Role of Heads of NSOs”, “What capability is needed by NSOs now and into the future, and how to achieve?”, “Getting the right balance between internal capacity and utilizing external professional skills” and “Developing a framework for building statistical capability”.
Besides, three Group Work Sessions were also held during which small groups discussed on various relevant issues and reported the results during a main plenary session.
The representative of the SESRIC also held bilateral meetings with the heads of the NSOs of the 7 OIC Member Countries who participated in the Seminar.