The UNDP Bangladesh and UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project supported the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) project in collaboration with the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) organized three days of training workshops titled “Hands on Training Workshop: Exercise on SDG indicator 2.c.1” at the Bhawal Resort, Gazipur on 13-15 September 2022. In all, 40 SDG Focal Points and associated officials attended the workshop from different Ministries/Divisions/Agencies. The workshop seeks to enhance the capacity of the Public Officials and SDG Focal Points; deliver details knowledge about the concepts and methodology for compiling data, and generate and publish data on 2.c.1 – ‘Indicator of food price anomalies’
Dr. Shahnaz Arefin, ndc, Secretary, Statistics, and Informatics Division (SID) inaugurated the workshop as a Chief Guest, while Dr. Md. Kawser Ahmed, Member (Secretary), General Economics Division (GED) attended the event as the special guest. The workshop was presided over by Mr. Md. Matiar Rahman, Director General, BBS. Ms. Jung-eun Sohn, Economist, Markets and Trade Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has taken a session on the scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 2.c.1. Along with it, Md. Alamgir Hossen, FPO, SDG Cell, BBS, Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kadir Miah, Director, BSS, and Mr. Zia Uddin Ahmed, Director, BBS has also conducted the technical sessions.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the custodian agency for monitoring the progress and achievement of the SDG indicator 2.c.1. This SDG indicator has been classified as Tier I in the SDGs monitoring framework by the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDGs). The indicator is conceptually clear and has an internationally established methodology and standards available to compute the data. This data is now reportedly being regularly produced by 50 percent of countries. Therefore, the methodology would help the relevant Ministries/Divisions/Agencies collect accurate statistics for monitoring and reporting progress towards SDG indicator 2.c.1. Access to reliable data is pivotal in achieving sustainable development goals. Therefore, it is imperative to enhance the capacity of the public officials (Focal Points of all relevant Ministries/Divisions/ Agencies) for generating high-quality, detailed, timely, and relevant statistics related to SDG indicator 2.c.1.
Mr. Md. Matiar Rahman, Director General (DG), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) talked about the importance of the training workshop for generating quality data and mentioned discussing in the workshop the detailed methodology, and basic concepts related to market functioning, prices determination, and price volatility. Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Chief Technical Advisor, SC4SDG, UNDP advised BBS to create a pathway for data usage for the public/think tanks/research organizations and asked to make metadata available on the SDG tracker as soon as the capacity-building training is completed. He requested the BBS to oversee the process and upload the data to the system.