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International Comparison Program - Western Asia


ICP-ESCWA regional meetings and workshops:

1st Regional Meeting on the International Comparison Program in Western Asia:
24-27 June 2003, Beirut, Lebanon


Under the auspices of H.E. the Minister of Economy and Trade of Lebanon Mr. Marwan Hamadeh, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the World Bank organized the 1st Regional Meeting on the International Comparison Program in Western Asia during the period 24-27 June 2003 in the United Nations House in Beirut.

Twenty-six representatives from eleven ESCWA member states attended the meeting, in addition to representatives from the League of Arab States. Experts and consultants from the World Bank and ESCWA lectured and discussed their papers in the meeting.
During six sessions, twenty papers were presented covering various topics, which included an introduction to the International Comparison Programme; and the strategy and objectives of the programme in Western Asia region; the governance arrangement, implementation plan and timetable; the importance of building synergies in the region; the national perspectives of some ESCWA member States; improving GDP estimates; dividing GDP into basic heading components; developing ICP list of specifications for consumption; the integration of ICP-Western Asia with national CPI work; the ways and problems of pricing government services and conducting price surveys for equipment goods, and construction and civil engineering; measuring poverty using PPP’s; the national work plans; the roles and responsibilities of the ICP-Western Asia Advisory Board; and the memorandum of understanding between ESCWA and the national implementing agencies.

Sessions were characterized by important interventions and discussions from the participants. Impressive demonstrations of the price statistics software used by Oman, and the CPI/ICP ToolPack de
veloped by the World Bank were also presented.


List of Participants

Papers Presented

Meeting Report



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