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 Name||Capacity Development of the National Statistical System|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|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 Data dissemination through the CSO website are limited and very often, information are outdated. Oftentimes, official statistics available are based on outdated statistical standards, and there are also data quality issues.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|
|Description of Outcome||Strengthened institutional, strategic and technical capacity of the national statistical system of Myanmar|
|Progress Toward Outcome||TA is ongoing. Significant inputs have been provided by the TA on the development of the National Strategy for Development of Statistics in the area of legal and institutional strengthening and in national accounts statistics. The new Statistics Law drafting for which was supported under the TA has been approved by the Parliament of Myanmar. Various international and in-country training programs to improve the capacity of staff of the Central Statistics Office and the Planning Department have been conducted. Collaboration of Planning Department and other ministries/departments in Myanmar has been strengthened under the project in order to come up with benchmark GDP estimates following 2008 SNA for 2014-2015 as well as for 2015-2016.|
|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)||
On output 1, the TA has made major contributions by providing inputs to the National Strategy for Development Statistics (NSDS) through an institutional and legal assessment of existing practices in collaboration with other development partners working for Myanmar. Another assessment of the national accounts statistics in Myanmar has been undertaken and submitted to the government along with a medium-term strategy for development of national accounts statistics in Myanmar.
For output 2, the TA was provided in drafting of a new Statistics Law and for consultations with the stakeholders. The CSO finalized the Statistics Law which was approved by the Parliament of Myanmar in January 2018.
For output 3, CSO's internal training capacity is being continuously strengthened through training of trainers, who in turn implemented a series of in-country training workshops for statistics staff. CSO staff attended five training programs at UN SIAP in Japan and one training at the International Statistical Education Centre in India. Training on price statistics compilation have also been conducted, with actual field data collection to enhance the experience. Further training needs are to be addressed in the remaining period of the project. Two international consultants have been engaged to support CSO's need for advanced training on statistics. Moreover, in response to CSO's request for setting up of Statistical Business Register (SBR) in Myanmar, ADB SBR experts were engaged to do the set up and conduct corresponding training.
For output 4, the Planning Department of MYA is taking significant steps under the TA in adopting UN recommended 2008 SNA. Trial estimates for 2014-2015 that included the supply-use tables were compiled and a medium-term strategy for national accounts has been drafted and submitted to PD. In June 2017, the dissemination workshop for the estimates was held in NPT, MYA. Currently, estimates for 2015-2016 using 2008 SNA are being compiled with the help of an international consultant, assisted by a national consultant.
Once national accounts estimates have been finalized, consultations and dissemination of reports to stakeholder will be pursued under the TA.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
The original requirement of the TA was estimated to be 35 person-months of international consultancy and 17 person-months of national consultancy. Eight (8) person-months of international consultancy was planned to 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 was estimated for providing 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. Seventeen (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.
To support further need of the Planning Department (PD) and Central Statistical Organization (CSO) of Myanmar, the allocation for national consultancy was increased to 60 person-months while the existing allocation for international consultancy will be utilized to engage consultants for providing technical advisory services to PD and CSO.
As of March 2018, 34 person-months of international consultancy and 64 person-months of national consultancy have been utilized.
|Procurement||A total of 9 laptops had been procured under the TA to support the training needs of the CSO staff. Another laptop used as server for the development of SBR was also procured.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kaushal Joshi|
|Responsible ADB Department||EROD|
|Responsible ADB Division||EROD-SDI|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development
Office of the Ministers
Union of Myanmar
|Concept Clearance||19 Mar 2013|
|Fact Finding||23 Jan 2013 to 25 Jan 2013|
|Approval||06 Jun 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Jun 2013||14 Aug 2013||14 Aug 2013||31 Aug 2015||30 Jun 2019||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,200,000.00||06 Jun 2013||1,194,302.59|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Capacity Development of the National Statistical System||Technical Assistance Reports||Jun 2013|
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ADB, Japan to Assist in Improving Statistics Collection in MyanmarMyanmar will use a$1.2 million TA grant from JFPR, administered by ADB, to strengthen institutional, strategic, and technical capacity for collecting better statistics to chart the country’s development and progress.
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