The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in Collaboration with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) organized a “Training Course on Quarterly National Accounts and Short-Term Indicators” on 6-10 October 2010, in Amman, Jordan. The course was attended by 20 participants representing 12 Arab states such as, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
The objective of the course was to enhance work on the analysis of certain economic policies and performance of macroeconomic indicators through the provision of short-term economic indicators in a period shorter than an annual term. The course provides detailed knowledge on various issues of quarterly national accounts and short-term indicators, including an introduction on the origin and development of their systems, concepts and importance, system of quarterly accounts’ preparation, types of volumes and prices indices and the ways of developing them. On the other hand, the course dealt with the modelling of quarterly data using BENCH Programme, practical exercises of this programme and the manner to use the attained results to prepare quarterly estimations and matching them with the annual data by defining the inputs and calculation mechanisms and economic models used in the estimation and the processing of economic data.
At the end of the training course the AITRS distributed CD’s containing the contents of the course: the theoretical lectures, presentations by the lecturers and country experiences.
Report of the "Training Course on Quarterly National Accounts and Short-Term Indicators" (English) (Arabic)