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International Comparison Program - Western Asia

2005 ICP Round in Western Asia
  • ESCWA joined the ICP in its last round (6th Round) of the last century, 1993-1996.

  • Eleven Member States: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen participated in that 6th Round of ICP.

  • ESCWA adopted a reduced initiative version of the programme in that round due to limited financial resources and time constraint.

  • One tentative and two final reports, on the measurement of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs), volume and price level comparison for the Middle East (ESCWA member States), for the years 1993 and 1995 were published by ESCWA in 1997 and 1999.

  • ESCWA is now a partner in this program and has participated in its first round in the twenty first century. This round has been launched worldwide in the year 2003.

ICP 2005 round in Western Asia Region:

The 2005 round of the International Comparison Program (ICP) was implemented in Western Asia region by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) with the financial support of the World Bank, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Eleven out of the thirteen member states of Western Asia fully participated in the 2005 ICP round namely Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

The demand for PPP data has seen a quantum increase over the last decade. The regional comparison in Western Asia was carried out within the general framework of the ICP 2005 to meet this increasing demand with 2005 taken as reference year for price and expenditure data. An important distinction of the 2005 round is the widely shared recognition that the program has witnessed significant improvements in coordination and management, as well as in data collection, validation and processing methods.. The ICP represents an exceptionally effective partnership that has brought together national statistical offices from 11 countries, as well as regional agencies and international organizations.


Related Information
Role of ESCWA
Participating ESCWA member States in the 2005 Round
Donors for the 2005 Round in ESCWA
ICP-Western Asia Executive Board


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