National accounts workshop for SADC countries
16-06-2009 – 19-06-2009 Windhoek
The United Nations Statistics Division/Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD), in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics of Namibia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are organizing a workshop on National Accounts for SADC countries.
The workshop is part of UNSD’s efforts to increase statistical capacity building in the region and as such relates to the framework of the project “Strengthening statistical capacity building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the Southern African Development Community region”.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss National Accounts issues brought about by the update of the System of National Accounts and main challenges faced by SADC countries on national accounts issues such as, the timeliness and reliability of source data, benchmarking and rebasing, volume measures and back casting in view of the update of the SNA and ISIC. It is foreseen that these discussions would contribute to a regional strategy to harmonize data collection, compilation and revision policies, and quality standards to extend the scope and detail of the national accounts in the region.