PACIFIC

PalauFederated States of MicronesiaMarshall IslandsPapua New GuineaVanuatuNew CaledoniaFijiGuam TuvaluTongaNiueWestern SamoaAmerican SamoaCook Islands
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American Samoa
 
1981 
Visit for SPC (see New Caledonia 1981-82
Basic training course in statistical operations and procedures (SOAP) 
 
Ran a six-week basic SOAP course for 23 officials from various government departments. 
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Evaluated government request for a consultant to advise on a computerized information system for government planning.
 
1985 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted in designing a large-scale household survey

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Cook Islands
 
1984, 1986, 1987 
ESCAP advisory visits (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Prepared sample design and questionnaires for proposed household income and expenditure survey, and assisted with analysis and write-up of the survey results. 

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Federated States of Micronesia
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted with analysis of a business survey.
 
2001
Designing a business survey
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
 
Assisted the Division of Statistics with the design of a survey of business establishments, and in particular the questionnaire and sampling strategy.
 

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Fiji
 
1984 (six months) 
Statistical Adviser for the Pacific 
United Nations Development Advisory Team (UNDAT) 
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 
 
Providing technical assistance to member countries and territories, in an attempt to strengthen national statistical capabilities. During this time, I visited the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Tuvalu. In July 1984 the office was merged with the ESCAP Pacific Liaison Office (Nauru), and I moved to the new office (ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre) established in Vanuatu.
 
1986 
Review of Fiji Statistical Services 
ESCAP advisory visits (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Member of a 3-person team to review all aspects of the Fiji Statistical Services. The other two members of the team were an ex-government statistician from New Zealand and the head of the ESCAP statistics division in Bangkok (who had previously been government statistician in Fiji). A detailed report was submitted to the Fiji Government. 
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Guam
 
1981 
Basic training course in statistical operations and procedures (SOAP) 
Visit for SPC (see New Caledonia 1981-82
 
Ran a six-week basic SOAP course for 21 officials from various government departments.
 
1981 
Intermediate training course in statistical operations and procedures (SOAP) 
Visit for SPC (see New Caledonia 1981-82
 
Along with a lecturer from the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), ran a four-week intermediate SOAP course for officials from various government departments. This was the first-ever intermediate SOAP course in the Pacific, and required the preparation of new materials. 
 
1985 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Reviewed fieldwork and analysis needs of a recent consumer expenditure survey.
 
1991 
Sub-regional Training Course on Consumer Price Indices 
Asian Development Bank, through Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) 
 
One of two consultant lecturers for this three-week course, which brought together statistical staff from about half a dozen Pacific countries.
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Marshall Islands
 
1987 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted with the implementation of the new Statistical Act. Also carried out a major review of the consumer price index, and recommended a change in the formula used for calculating the index. 
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New Caledonia
 
1981-82 
Statistical Training Officer  Training Courses in Statistical Operations and Procedures (SOAP) 
Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) 
 
Based at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea. Conducted SOAP courses for government officials in various countries and territories of the South Pacific. Each course involved about 100 contact hours, spread over a six-week period, and made up of lectures, group discussions, class exercises and a practical project which covered all aspects of designing and carrying out a statistical investigation, as well as the problems of analysing and presenting statistical data. Ran basic courses in Guam, American Samoa and Papua New Guinea, and an intermediate course in Guam. Also assisted outside consultant lecturers on courses held in Tuvalu and Niue. 
 
1985 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted the SPC statistician and outside consultants with the revision of the SOAP training materials.
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Niue
 
1986 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Advised on questionnaire design for forthcoming census
 
1987 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Advised on appropriate software for preparing statistical abstract, and assisted in preparing methodological report on the 1986 Census.
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Palau
 
1985 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted with preparations for Palau's mini-census
 
1987 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Designed a household income and expenditure survey
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Papua New Guinea
 
1981 
Basic training course in statistical operations and procedures (SOAP) 
Visit for SPC (see New Caledonia 1981-82
 
Ran a six-week basic SOAP course for 19 officials from various government departments.
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Tonga
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Provided advice on manpower and employment statistics, and on the National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP).
 
1986, 1987 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted the nutritionist from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in designing a national nutrition survey, particularly the sampling aspects. Provided advice on data processing.
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2002, 2003
Support for Labour Force Survey, and Household Income and Expenditure Survey
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
 

Designed sample and questionnaire for 2003 LFS, analysed the data, and prepared the final report. Analysed the results of the 2000/2001 HIES, and prepared a final descriptive report. The Tonga reports are available at:

LFS: (1 MB file)
HIES: (1 MB file)

 
Tuvalu
 
1981 
Visit for SPC (see New Caledonia 1981-82
 
Assisted consultant lecturer at the beginning of a basic SOAP course. This was my first introduction to the Pacific islands. 
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted ESCAP national accounts regional adviser in preparing statistical materials to aid Tuvalu's submission to be included amongst the list of Least Developed Countries. The submission was successful. 
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted Statistics Officer in preparing Tuvalu's Abstract of Statistics for 1982-1983
 
1985 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted in the preparation of reports on population and related statistics, and on the consumer price index. 
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Vanuatu
 
1984-87 
Statistical Adviser for the Pacific 
ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC) 
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 
 
Following the merger of the old United Nations Development Advisory Team (UNDAT) and the ESCAP Pacific Liaison Office in Nauru, a new ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC) was set up in Port Vila in mid-1984. As statistical adviser at the centre, I provided technical assistance to member countries and territories, in an attempt to strengthen national statistical capabilities. Visits were made to 
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Marshall Islands,New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Western Samoa.
 
1984 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted the Statistics Office with the design of a survey of hotels and restaurants.
 
1986, 1987 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Reviewed consumer price index, and established weighting pattern for a new CPI.
 
1988-1991 
Government Statistician 
UK Department for International Development (DFID) 
 
Head of the Statistics Office, with responsibilities for all the normal duties of a government statistician: collecting, analysing and disseminating official statistics, conducting censuses and surveys, maintaining professional standards, training local staff, providing statistical advice to Government and to other organisations, and liaising with international bodies. 
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Western Samoa
 
1986 
ESCAP advisory visit (see Vanuatu 1984-87
 
Assisted with design of questionnaire and sample for forthcoming census and sample survey.

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