Myanmar: Capacity Development of the National Statistical System

Sovereign Project | 46485-001

Summary

A timely, relevant, and credible statistical system is a pre-requisite for developmental planning and any policy, program, developmental support by ADB and other donors and for measuring development effectiveness in Myanmar in the coming years. Accordingly, the strategic and institutional capacity of the national statistical system (NSS) of Myanmar and the technical and statistical skills of staff need to be strengthened to enable Myanmar to adopt international standards in the collection, compilation, and timely dissemination of comparable official statistics. As such, this TA is intended to provide support for improving statistical capacity of Myanmar in line with the priorities set in Myanmar's NDP and ADB's interim country partnership strategy and ASEAN regional cooperation needs.

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Project Name Capacity Development of the National Statistical System
Project Number 46485-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8377-MYA: Capacity Development of the National Statistical System
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.20 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description A timely, relevant, and credible statistical system is a pre-requisite for developmental planning and any policy, program, developmental support by ADB and other donors and for measuring development effectiveness in Myanmar in the coming years. Accordingly, the strategic and institutional capacity of the national statistical system (NSS) of Myanmar and the technical and statistical skills of staff need to be strengthened to enable Myanmar to adopt international standards in the collection, compilation, and timely dissemination of comparable official statistics. As such, this TA is intended to provide support for improving statistical capacity of Myanmar in line with the priorities set in Myanmar's NDP and ADB's interim country partnership strategy and ASEAN regional cooperation needs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Statistical data on social and economic conditions are very much inadequate. Data dissemination through the CSO website are limited and very often, information are outdated. Oftentimes, official statistics available are often based on outdated statistical standards, and there are also data quality issues. Availability of quality statistics' is identified as one of the four key elements of Myanmar's current development objectives under its five-year National Development Plan (NDP) 2012 2016, and the government is embarking on a development planning process that accords high importance to balanced and inclusive growth. ADB's Interim Country Partnership Strategy (ICPS) 2012 2014 for Myanmar includes improving statistics' under the theme of good governance' for ADB operations and activities in Myanmar. The ADB study Myanmar in Transition has also identified building statistical capacity as one of the key priority areas of policy that Myanmar needs for moving toward a successful transition.
Impact A national statistical system that can adequately respond to the data needs of development planning, policy making, and monitoring in Myanmar
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened institutional, strategic and technical capacity of the national statistical system of Myanmar
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Inputs provided for the national statistical system and the NSDS (NSDS will be developed as a country-owned strategy for statistics, in collaboration with the World Bank and other development partners)

2. An updated statistics law that stipulates improved institutional, organizational, and coordination mechanisms drafted for wider consultation

3. In-country and international statistics training programs designed and implemented, and CSO's training capacity improved

4. Economic statistics, particularly the national accounts following the 2008 SNA, and price statistics improved

5. Dissemination of official statistics improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Overall, the TA will require an estimated 35 person-months of international consultancy and 17 person-months of national consultancy. Eight (8) person-months of international consultancy will be used for statistics training and capacity building support and five (5) person months for institutional, organizational and statistics law related reforms. Another 18 person-months of international consultancy will be used to provide expertise on specific topics like economic statistics, national accounts, price statistics, sample survey, and data processing; while 4 person-months of training resources will be for providing in-country training to the identified participants on specialized statistical topics as needed. Fourteen (17) person-months of national consultancy will be used to assist in implementing various activities of the TA and supporting international consultants including for statistics law. Individual consultants are preferred over a firm in consideration of specialized consultancy services needed for implementing different activities under the TA. Training, workshops, and seminars will be administered by the consultants from the TA budget.
Responsible ADB Officer Kaushal Joshi
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Nat'l Planning & Economic DevelopmentOffice of the Ministers
Yangon
Union of Myanmar
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Mar 2013
Fact Finding 23 Jan 2013 to 25 Jan 2013
MRM -
Approval 06 Jun 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 10 Apr 2013

TA 8377-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Jun 2013 14 Aug 2013 14 Aug 2013 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 06 Jun 2013 445,618.72
Title Document Type Document Date
Capacity Development of the National Statistical System Technical Assistance Reports Jun 2013

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