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International Comparison Program - Western Asia


ICP-ESCWA regional meetings and workshops:

10th Regional Workshop on the International Comparison Program in Western Asia
October 27-29, 2007, Cairo, Egypt

The objective of the 10th ICP Workshop was to bring together the ICP national teams with the ICP regional office and the World Bank to review the preliminary set of results for total GDP PPPs as well as lower aggregate PPPs for 2005, PLI and per capita real GDP figures and agree on all data inputs used for its calculation and get the countries' endorsement.

The meeting was set out mainly in the purpose of tackling the main issues pending and presenting the input data and the resulting estimates of PPP, PLI and per capita real figures for all the member countries of Western Asia Region at the level of Total GDP as well as at the level of lower GDP aggregates.

  1. Twenty-seven representatives from nine ESCWA member States including National Coordinators; Price Experts and National Account Experts;
  2. Head of the Statistics Division, Mr. Giovanni Savio, ESCWA;
  3. ICP-Deputy Global Manager, Mr. Yonas Biru, the World Bank;
  4. ICP-Regional Coordinator for Western Asia, Mr. Tarik Alami, ESCWA;
  5. ICP-Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Mr. Majed Skaini, ESCWA;
  6. ICP-Administrative Assistant, Ms. Shadan Jamal, ESCWA.

Global Status Report
Mr. Yonas Biru, Deputy Global Manager, ICP, World Bank

Regional Progress Report
Mr. Tarik Alami, ICP Regional Coordinator for Western Asia, ESCWA

Housing: Presentation of Preliminary PPP results
Ms. Nada Hamadeh, Consultant, ICP, World Bank

Nonconsumption data validation reports: Construction, Equipment and Government Compensation
Mr. Yonas Biru, Deputy Global Manager, ICP, World Bank
Mr. Majed Skaini, Economics Associate, ICP, ESCWA

Preliminary GDP results
Mr. Majed Skaini, Economics Associate, ICP, ESCWA


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