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International Comparison Program - Western Asia


ICP-ESCWA regional meetings and workshops:

6th Regional Workshop on the International Comparison Program in Western Asia
April 24-28, 2006, Beirut - Lebanon


The Sixth workshop for the International Comparison Program was held at ESCWA, Beirut during the period of April 24-28, 2006. Forty representatives from eleven ESCWA member States including National Coordinators; Price Experts, National Account Experts and Construction Experts were present at the workshop. In addition, the ICP-Deputy Global Manager from the World Bank, ICP Regional Coordinator at ESCWA and three members of the ICP Regional Team attended and contributed. The objective of the 6th ICP Workshop was to bring together the ICP national teams with the ICP regional office and the World Bank to validate third quarter data of 2005. In addition, a parallel workshop was held for the first three days for construction experts from member countries to discuss the Construction group. The last two days were dedicated to National Accounts.

The meeting was set out to achieve the following goals:
1. to discuss the time table for the remaining ICP round and the future of ICP;
2. to discuss the overall regional achievements of the program-plan since the last meeting at the fifth workshop in December 2005;
3. to assess the progress of each country regarding price collection and validation;
4. to review validated second quarter data submitted by countries after the workshop in December and validate third quarter data;
5. to discuss the new Construction SPD’s;
6. to discuss the BOCC method (Basket of Construction Components) for Construction data collection
7. to review Basic Heading Weights submitted by countries and discuss necessary validation tools.

Overall, the meeting achieved its objectives of reviewing third quarter data and clarifying any discrepancies that remained. Countries were advised to implement these corrections as soon as possible to all quarterly data. All members benefited from the discussion of National Accounts, which is as important to the program as are the collected prices. In addition, the construction workshop succeeded in discussing with the SPDs and methods of comparing construction between countries. The timetable for this round of ICP was discussed and countries were presented with deadlines. With hard work from the Global, Regional and National offices and adherence to the work plan, the ICP program in Western Asia will be a success.


Agenda - Price Revision  --  Agenda - Construction

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