EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance: ITC, DoC Successfully Completes STATA Software Training
The International Trade Centre (ITC), in collaboration with the Department of Commerce (DoC) of Sri Lanka, successfully completed a specialised training in September for 15 public sector officers and researchers on the globally acclaimed statistical software package STATA.
The ITC – a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations (UN) – conducted the training as part of the European Union (EU) funded EU–Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project, to empower participants and enhance their empirical analysis skills to drive Sri Lanka’s post COVID-19 economic and trade revival.
The training, conducted by University of Colombo Senior Lecturer Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe and Dr. Dilini Hemachandra, Senior Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, kicked off in February 2020 and spanned across 19 highly concentrated sessions over a seven-month period. Officers belonging to the DoC, Export Development Board (EDB), Department of Trade and Investment Policy (DTIP) and Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BoI) participated in the training.
STATA is a powerful statistical software that enables users to analyse, manage and produce graphical visualisations of data. During the training, participants were educated on leveraging STATA to conduct a wide range of trade policy-related analyses on trade flows and tariffs, as well as economic modelling, general equilibrium and partial equilibrium. With their newfound knowledge and skill capacities, the participants were assigned research projects covering key export sectors such as spices, tea, textile & apparel, fisheries, rubber and electronics.
These STATA-analysed research findings on the impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka’s export sector were presented by the participants during the final session of the training, which was attended by Ananda Dharmapriya – Acting Director General of Commerce of the DoC, Kumudinie – Director/Policy & Strategic Planning of the EDB and Dr. Dayaratna Silva – National Project Coordinator of the EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project.
All participants were awarded certificates from the ITC upon their successful completion of the training.