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KOICA shares knowledge about strengthening statistical capacity

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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KOICA shares knowledge about strengthening statistical capacity

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is providing training to Bangladesh officials for sharing Korean knowledge to enhance Big Data capability required for statistics production and analytics.

In this respect, the KOICA in collaboration with Statistics and Informatics Division (SID) and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) under the Ministry of Planning held a virtual knowledge sharing webinar on “Strengthening Statistical Capacity of SDG Indicators for Bangladesh” on Tuesday.

The event was participated by Young-Ah Doh, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, Mohammad Tajul Islam, Director General, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Muhammad Mesbahul Alam, Additional Secretary of Statistics and Informatics Division and other high government officials.  Bangladesh’s standing in big data usage has highly advanced, namely, smart national ID Card database, Covid-19 vaccine registration, population census 2011 database, e-passport integrated with NID database, national household database and 100 million births registered electronically.

A number of ongoing initiatives to incorporate big data in official statistics and SDG data disaggregation is also underway, said the KOICA.

However, challenges such as, production of disaggregated and frequent statistics by age, sex, disability and sub-national level, comparability of data, availability of baseline data, conducting a large number of new surveys, technical support availability for regular monitoring and modern technology still persist that calls for a more desired restructuring.

Against this backdrop, KOICA has supported an 8-day long online fellowship programme titled ‘Strengthening the Statistical Capacity of SDGs Indicators and Big Data’ targeting total 20 officials of SID and BBS conducted by Statistics Training Institute in Korea.

The main goal was application of Big Data capability required for statistics production and analytics that will assist in shaping Korean know-how techniques with objective to cultivate statistics and indicator production capabilities related to SDG3 (health) and SDG4 (education).

A detailed presentation on observations, experiences and findings from the training program was highlighted by officials of SDG cell from SID and BBS along with focus on how concepts are formulated for composing a feasible action plan that can be implemented in country context.

Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics appreciated KOICA’s support for holding an online training along with the dissemination of knowledge of first-hand Korean know-how techniques to a larger key audience helpful for Bangladesh.

KOICA’s Country Director hoped that the training provided is able to enhance the national strategy for development of Statistics of Bangladesh.