Training to upskill NSO Provincial staffs underway

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The four provincial Statistics Officers on the first day of the training on Monday 9th October, 2017.

A WEEK long training on the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) for the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) Provincial Staffs are currently underway in Honiara.

Organised by the SINSO, the training is aimed at imparting the knowledge of data entry using the processing system and also to make certain Officers have the compulsory knowledge on using excel database.

The Provincial Officers include Hicks Kennie Ma’ara from NSO Auki branch Malaita Province, Joseph Jio from Noro and John M. Tuke from Gizo in the Western Province and Betsy Uruhiaro for Honiara National Statistics Office.

Held at the NSO conference room, it was facilitated by Joachim Gaiafuna Chief Economics and Anna Luvu Senior Economics from the National Statistics Office in Honiara.

Welcoming the four participants at the first day of the training on Monday 9th October 2017, Government Statistician (GS) Douglas Kimi said the training is significant given the fact that it will confidently support the process of the activities that the provincial NSO staffs need to do to ensure they perform their work well and to a required standard.

Mr Kimi said the training is part of the other trainings organised by the NSO that was supported by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on the techniques of official price collection from the market and the selected retail shops.

“The training will concentrate on how the data will be entered into the computer and later sent to the central office in Honiara for analysis and reporting,” he said.

The GS encouraged the participants to utilise the opportunity and learn as much as possible from the sessions to ensure they equipped with the crucial knowledge and skills that will aid them in executing their onus in the field of Statistics.

He even told the participants to work together and progress together as a team while performing their duties to accomplish the NSO goals.

“…you are part of the central NSO office in Honiara and your office has become very important because it will be used as an outlet of the released information back to the people of Solomon Islands who provided the information.”

Mr Kimi also thanked the Officers in Auki and Gizo especially in supporting the 2015 Demographic and Health Survey (2015 DHS) dissemination program held in the two provincial capital fortnight ago.

“In the very near future the NSO office in Honiara will equip its provincial offices with releases and information to ensure the people in the provinces access the official statistics being released by NSO.”

Mr Kimi added that the need to progress the work on the renovation of the NSO Bureau in Noro, and to support the working environment in the offices in Auki and Gizo is a priority of the NSO.

Meanwhile, the GS calls for the provincial office support be rendered to the Village Resources Survey (VRS) project that will be conducted throughout the country later this year, 2017.

“The need to take ownership of national activities conducted by NSO in your provinces and the country with team work approach is decisive,” he said.

“This Village Resources Survey (VRS) work is part of the 2019 Census planning and we need to get things right and in order. Village GPS and information will be collected and the pre-census or household listing will also be conducted, a good check for the proper Census count in 2019,” Mr kimi added.

Facilitator Joachim Gaiafuna Chief Economics in the SINSO said the series of training is important for the NSO provincial officers to guarantee they are well versed and familiarise themselves with the excel software for data entry purposes.

He said this hands-on training include theory and practical adding the full focus is on practical on how to enter data using various formulas and techniques.

The participants said that they are happy to be part of training and pledged to make all efforts to learn to the full potential from the exercise and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their line of duties.

The training will end on Friday 13th October 2017.

Source: SINSO Media