February 24, 2020
To contribute to capacity building of the Cambodian government officials on trade statistics, ARISE Plus Cambodia supported four officials from the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) to attend a regional training workshop on economic statistics SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) in Manila on 24-28 February 2020. This training was organized by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Statistics Division, and the EU-ASEAN ARISE Plus Project. SDMX is an ISO standard designed to describe statistical data and metadata, normalize their exchange, and improve their efficient sharing across statistical and similar organizations. The training workshop was physically participated by 34 participants from nine ASEAN countries, with remote attendance of participants from Brunei Darussalam.
Through this assistance, the ARISE Plus Cambodia has made notable contributions to improving trade statistics capacity of Cambodia and potentially of other ASEAN member states as well. In addition to gaining own new knolwedge of SDMX, the GDCE officials helped enhance understanding of participants from the MoC and the National Institute of Statistics on how Cambodian custom data is collected and coded, through their technical inputs. This benefit might also be extended to participants from other countries since the majority of them are statisticians, but not custom officials. In the last plenary discussion, a Filipino participant commended the GDCE officials for their invaluable technical inputs on custom procedure code and announced that the two country teams would keep communicating to exchange their experiences. All of the Cambodian participants appreciated this training opportunity and highly valued SDMX.
For more information, please download the event report below or visit the event website: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/events/2020/Philippines/default.asp